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Winners Announced: Women in Resources Tasmania Awards 2020

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ABOVE: (L to R) Shona Markam, General Manager, Bell Bay Aluminium, (Category Sponsor), The Hon Sarah Courtney MP pictured with finalists in the Exceptional Woman 2020 category Nerida Clifford (Nyrstar), Carol Steyn (Mineral Resources Tasmania), Kristy Wilkinson (Bell Bay Aluminium) and Laura Moore (MMG Rosebery)

Five outstanding men and women working in Tasmania’s resources, mining and manufacturing sectors have been recognised at the 2020 Women in Resources Tasmania Awards ceremony in Launceston on 30 July.

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 the inspirational women working in resources, mining and manufacturing and encourage other women to pursue careers in these Tasmanian industries.

Ray Mostogl, TMEC Chief Executive Officer, said “By celebrating the men and women who are championing diversity in the resources, mining and manufacturing sectors, these awards give important recognition of pursuit of excellence in these sectors in Tasmania.

Encouraging and recognising exceptional women in our sectors is vital if we are to meet the growing demand for professionals in resources, mining and manufacturing. Study after study has shown that improving workforce diversity is critical to enhancing business performance and in attracting the best and brightest minds to our sectors both now and in the future.”

Ted Bradshaw, Chairman of AusIMM WIMnet and Head Judge remarked on the important role of the awards in inspiring women to pursue careers in non-traditional sectors. “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,” Ted said.

“The resources sector is no longer the stereotypical male orientated industry of the past. Past winners have proven that women can flourish in a variety of roles in our sectors from the ‘shop floor’ to senior management. Each of these women challenge outdated perceptions of the industry and provide a role model to both men and women”.

For the first time, the awards ceremony was livestreamed to the TMEC Facebook page during the event. This allowed the finalists’ family, friends and colleagues to watch the announcement of each of the award winners in real time.

The winners of each of the Tasmania award categories, automatically progress to the national awards which will be hosted by the Minerals Council of Australia and announced in an online event on 16 September.

Congratulations to the 2020 Women in Resources Tasmania Award winners and highly commended applicants:
  • Exceptional Woman in Tasmanian Resources, award sponsored by Bell Bay Aluminium
    Winner: Estrelia Diaz, MMG Rosebery Mine, Chemical Engineer
    Highly Commended: Carol Steyn, Mineral Resources Tasmania, Rehabilitation Project Officer
    Highly Commended: Nerida Clifford, Nyrstar Hobart, Senior Safety Advisor, Environment and Quality
  • Exceptional Young Woman in Tasmanian Resources, award sponsored by Caterpillar Australia
    Winner: Sarah Gilmour, GHD, Geochemist/Geologist
    Highly Commended: Millie Fulton, Bell Bay Aluminium, Maintenance Analyst (Student Engineer)
  • Outstanding Tasmanian Tradeswoman, Operator or Technician, award sponsored by Nyrstar
    Winner: Kim Burton, MMG Rosebery Mine, Underground Shift Electrician
    Highly Commended: Erin Tatnell, PYBAR Mining Services – Henty Gold Mine, Underground Mine Operator
  • Gender Diversity Champion (Male or Female) in Tasmanian Resources, award sponsored by Cement Australia
    Winner: Brett Robins, Bell Bay Aluminium, Crew Leader, Power Supply
    Winner: Shannon Bakes, Protech, Business Development Manager