May 29, 2018

Indigenous achievement to the fore

Indigenous achievement to the fore

Indigenous advocacy and achievement across Queensland’s resources sector were recognised that the annual Indigenous Awards in Brisbane this week.

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the awards, presented during Reconciliation Week, broke new records on all fronts.

“These awards continue to go from strength to strength with companies across all commodities getting involved and celebrating excellence in Indigenous participation in resources. Now in its fifth year the awards received record nominations, record attendance and record sponsorship,” Mr Macfarlane said.

The Indigenous Advocacy Award for 2018 went to Shane Kennelly, owner and managing director of Kennelly Constructions.

“By delivering above and beyond expectations through advocacy work Shane has shown exceptional leadership which has contributed to an increase in Indigenous participation in the sector,” Mr Macfarlane said.

Evolution Mining’s Charmaine Saltner was named Exceptional Indigenous Person in her role as a group community relations advisor.

Jayden Uiduldum from Kirwan State High School triumphed in the Exceptional Indigenous Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) award.

Downer Mining in partnership with Blackwater PCYC was awarded Best Company Indigenous Employment and Training Initiative while Best Company Procurement Initiative went to Origin.

Wik-Waya senior traditional owner Tony Kerindun (centre, front) with NHDS employees at Amrun.

Weipa company Northern Haulage and Diesel Services, which has been providing services to Rio Tinto’s A$2.6 billion Amrun bauxite project, was named as Exceptional Indigenous Business.

NHDS was recognised for its consistent safety performance, scope execution, and cost management on the delivery of the Amrun Project’s general services contract. The contract has also opened up new employment opportunities for people on the Western Cape and now boasts a 100 per cent local Aboriginal work crew.

“Partnering with Rio Tinto at Amrun has been a chance to grow our business and provide meaningful employment opportunities for local Aboriginal people that support the sustainability of the region,” NHDS managing director Darrin Savo said.

“We are extremely committed to the successful delivery the general services contract and contributing to broader efforts that close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.”

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