May 30, 2016

Resource sector celebrates Indigenous links

Resource sector celebrates Indigenous links Chief operating officer for Glencore’s North Queensland copper assets Mike Westerman accepts the award in the Best Company Indigenous Employment and Training category at the 2016 QRC Indigenous Awards.

QGC, Glencore and Rio Tinto are among those being honoured at the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Indigenous Awards this evening.

The annual reconciliation week event includes five award categories spanning employment and training, procurement, local business, exceptional individual and advocacy champion.

QRC chief executive, and member of the judging panel, Michael Roche said the calibre of finalists across all the award categories was very impressive.

“As a sector that largely operates in regional and remote communities with high Indigenous populations, bridging the divide with tangible opportunity is of great priority,” Mr Roche said.

“We have a vested responsibility to spur opportunity for training, employment and local Indigenous business and I’m proud to say the sector does this well.”

Mr Roche said the annual Indigenous Awards were designed to recognise and celebrate those companies and individuals making a real difference and to inspire others to do the same.

Despite 23,000 resources jobs lost in Queensland during the downturn, new data reports a 20 percent increase in the number of Indigenous employed in the sector last year.

The QRC survey on Indigenous participation also reported growth of Indigenous businesses within resources supply chains.

The resources sector spent $83 million with more than 55 Indigenous business, which translates into further indirect employment opportunities for Indigenous people.

The 2016 award winners include QGC for best Indigenous procurement initiative and Glencore for best Indigenous employment and training initiative.

Rio Tinto – Weipa was named as runner-up in both categories.

RBY Projects won the category for exceptional Indigenous business, with Sarra Consulting as runner-up.

Tom Draper from Arrow Energy was named as exceptional Indigenous person, followed by Duane Fewquandie from Rio Tinto.

Joint winners of the Indigenous advocacy award were Noel Gertz from the Myuma Group and Penny Hamilton for Thiess. Davina Shearer from Incitec Pivot was named as runner-up.


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