Re­sources sec­tor to honour stars

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

NOM­I­NA­TIONS are clos­ing soon for the Queens­land Re­sources Coun­cil’s an­nual Indige­nous Awards, a night to cel­e­brate ex­cel­lence in Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der par­tic­i­pa­tion in the state’s re­sources sec­tor.

Queens­land Re­sources Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Macfar­lane said the awards, pre­sented dur­ing Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week, pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to show­case ex­cep­tional per­for­mance by indige­nous and non-indige­nous in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses and the sup­port of their com­pa­nies.

“It is our hope that the award win­ners will go on to be am­bas­sadors for the sec­tor, act­ing as role mod­els and en­cour­ag­ing more indige­nous peo­ple to join our sec­tor,” Mr Macfar­lane said.

“The awards are de­signed to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of those com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence and to in­spire oth­ers to do the same.

“As a sec­tor that largely op­er­ates in re­gional and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties with indige­nous pop­u­la­tions, bridging the di­vide with tan­gi­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties is of great pri­or­ity.”

In 2006, indige­nous peo­ple com­prised three per cent of the state’s work­force in re­sources, whereas in 2016, it had grown to four per cent.

Queens­land’s indige­nous pop­u­la­tion is four per cent, which places the re­sources sec­tor as one of the few in­dus­tries with a gen­uine rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

The awards are on May 28. Nom­i­na­tions close on April 23, 2018.

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