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Finalists across five categories have been announced in the 2023 Women in Resources and Manufacturing Tasmania Awards, recognising the contributions and achievements of women in the State’s resources, mining and manufacturing industries.

The annual awards are coordinated by the Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing and Energy Council (TMEC) in conjunction with the AusIMM Women in Mining Network Tasmania (WIMnet) to create awareness of inspirational women working in resources and encourage other women to pursue careers in these Tasmanian industries.

Ted Bradshaw, Chair of AusIMM WIMnet and Head Judge noted that the quality of entries had continually increased over the award’s ten-year history.

“Each year the independent judging panel face an increasingly difficult task,” Mr Bradshaw said. “Their individual life stories and career experiences are simply amazing”.

Each of our finalists are an outstanding role model for the many women who work each day in the mining and manufacturing sectors in Tasmania, and for the many more who might be considering careers in our sectors. These awards enable us to showcase women’s capabilities and awesome achievements and are a great way in which we can demonstrate what is possible to young women,” Mr Bradshaw said.

TMEC CEO, Mr Ray Mostogl said “TMEC and this sector are absolutely committed to changing diversity and gender equality. These awards showcase our industries’ ambassadors and promote the opportunity for more women to consider a career in Tasmania’s growing and increasingly diverse manufacturing, mining, and resources sectors.”

The long-term future of the sectors we represent relies on attracting and retaining the best people to keep us at the forefront of innovation as we compete in global markets.”

A workforce with people from diverse backgrounds, including a better gender balance, is critical to supplying the workforce of the future.” Mr Mostogl said.

Winners of the Tasmanian awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Tram Sheds Function Centre Launceston on 14 June.

Our state winners will progress to the national awards to be held later in the year.

The 2023 Women in Resources Tasmania Award finalists are:

Outstanding Tasmanian Tradeswoman, Operator or Technician in Tasmanian Resources
Madelin Billing – Grange Resources Tasmania
Stephanie Whittle – MMG Ltd
Teri Crawford – Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture

Exceptional Young Woman in Tasmanian Resources
Demi Vesinger – Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture 
Harjot Kaur – Henty Gold Mine
Jessica Priest – GHD
Kate Cheesman – Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture
Zixuan Wang – Bell Bay Aluminium

Exceptional Woman in Tasmanian Resources
Elizabeth Youd – Avebury Nickel Mine
Heather O’Toole – Liberty Bell Bay
Jannah Digby – KEEN Partners
Katie Fisher – Bell Bay Aluminium
Kayla Williams – Bell Bay Aluminium

Exceptional Woman in Tasmanian Manufacturing
Erin Smith – Temtrol Technologies
Grace Lovell – Mitchell Plastic Welding
Rebecca Harvey – Lightning Protection International

Excellence in Company Programs and Performance in Tasmanian Resources

Inclusion & Diversity – The Rail Way – TasRail
Our Roadmap to a more equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace – Bell Bay Aluminium
Women in Leadership Program – Bell Bay Aluminium

Media enquiries are welcome by contacting:
Alison Hilder
Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing and Energy Council (TMEC)
Mobile: 0491 059 443
Email: finance@alisonh11.sg-host.com