Finalists from across the State gathered at Parliament House in Hobart last month to celebrate the outstanding achievements of women working to shape the future of Tasmania’s mining and resources.
Hosted by The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (TMEC) in conjunction with the AusIMM Women in Mining Network Tasmania (WIMnet), the Awards recognise individuals and organisations working to build a world-class industry which provides attractive career opportunities and enhances the recognition, participation and advancement of women in the sector.
TMECT Chief Executive Officer Wayne Bould said the benefits of gender diversity in the resources sector were many, including improved business performance.
“These awards contribute to increasing this diversity by celebrating the ambassadors, mentors and role models instrumental in encouraging and supporting women in the sector,” Mr Bould said.
Almost 30 nominations were received for the awards.
Exceptional Woman in Resources
Winner: Karen Ashley, Management System Coordinator, Grange Resources
Highly Commended: Jennifer Bennett, Vice-President Operations, South32 TEMCO
Exceptional Young Woman in Resources
Winner: Rose Lindner, Environmental Technician, Bluestone Mines Tasmania
Highly Commended: Jodie Kilpatrick, Hydrology Engineer, MMG Rosebery
Outstanding Tasmanian Tradeswoman/Operator/Technician
Winner: Alana Phegan, Process Controller, Bell Bay Aluminium
Highly Commended: Kayla Williams, Apprentice Fitter and Turner, South32 TEMCO
Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance
Winner: GHD Pty Ltd
Gender Diversity Champion
Winner: Rob Lowther, Manager Tasmania, GHD Pty Ltd
Special Judges Award
Winner: Beverly Crane, Executive Assistant, Copper Mines of Tasmania