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Tasmania Strongly Represented at National Awards


The finalists for the prestigious BHP 2020 Women in Resources National Awards have been announced, featuring 37 inspiring people across six categories including the inaugural Maptek Women in Resources Technological Innovation Award.

Tasmania is well represented, with five highly skilled men and women working in the mining and minerals processing industry being recognised among the finalists.

Tasmanians selected as finalists in the National awards are:

  • Dyno Nobel Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources Award
    Finalist: Estrelia Diaz, MMG Rosebery Mine, Chemical Engineer
  • Newcrest Exceptional Young Woman in Australian Resources Award
    Finalist: Sarah Gilmour, GHD, Geochemist/Geologist
  • Thiess Outstanding Australian Tradeswomen, Operator or Technician Award
    Finalist: Kim Burton, MMG Rosebery Mine, Underground Shift Electrician
  • Rio Tinto Gender Diversity Champion in Australian Resources Award
    Finalist: Brett Robins, Bell Bay Aluminium, Crew Leader, Power Supply
    Finalist: Shannon Bakes, Protech, Business Development Manager.

Ted Bradshaw, Chairman of AusIMM WIMnet and one of the national judges said, “This year, the calibre of nominations was outstanding. The awards celebrate the diverse range of opportunities in mining and minerals processing, including engineering and apprenticeships. All finalists serve as ambassadors for women to consider a career in Tasmania’s increasingly diverse mining and processing sector,” he said.

The Women in Resources National Awards recognise individual achievement and company efforts to increase gender diversity across mining operations, within corporate offices and across the mining equipment, technology and services sector.

“A diverse workforce is one where employees feel more engaged. Diversity leads to better discussions, decisions, productivity and outcomes for everyone,” said TMEC CEO, Mr Ray Mostogl.

“These awards recognise the skills of men and women who are making an important contribution to increasing diversity and inclusion in the resources industry around Tasmanian and Australia” he said.

The Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing and Energy Council (TMEC) delivered the 2020 Women in Resources Tasmania Awards in partnership with AusIMM Women in Mining Network Tasmania (WIMnet).

“The awards provide important recognition for the contribution women are making locally, but also for the companies who employ, support and provide career opportunities for our inspiring women,” Mr Mostogl said.

The Women in Resources National Awards ceremony will be broadcast on YouTube at 3.30 pm AEST 16 September 2020.

National Finalist in the Gender Diversity Champion category Brett Robins, Crew Leader, Power Supply, Bell Bay Aluminium