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WOMEN IN MINING
year and are an initiative of SACOME’s
Women in Resources SA committee
(WinRSA), with all winners nominated by
SACOME for the national awards.
WinRSA was incorporated in 2010.
The success and growth of WinRSA led
to an increased demand for resources.
To support the committee’s work
and accelerate the achievement of its
goals, WinRSA formally integrated with
SACOME in 2013. This saw SACOME
take a larger role in the activities of the
committee, including funding a dedicated
project officer to support the committee’s
purpose of promoting the involvement
and contribution of women in the
sector, and to provide opportunities for
As part of SACOME and WinRSA’s
gender diversity strategy to increase the
participation of women in the exploration,
mineral, petroleum and energy sectors
and associated service industries, the
inaugural South Australian Women in
Resources Awards were introduced this
year to recognise the important role that
women play in the resources sector,
and to celebrate the contributions and
achievements of women, and those
supporting women, in South Australia’s
resources sector. The entry process
encouraged individuals and companies
to reflect on their achievements and
the impact that they have made to help
encourage the participation of women in
the South Australian resources sector.
SACOME President Terry Burgess
says, ‘The judging panel [was] very
impressed with the high quality of
candidates for our inaugural awards.
‘With close to 40 nominations in the
first year of these awards, it is a credit
to the calibre of women we have in the
South Australian resources sector.’
The awards were presented at a
SACOME lunch event on Friday 31 July,
which also featured a keynote address on
women in leadership from Dr Vanessa
Guthrie, Managing Director and Chief
Executive Officer of Toro Energy. Guthrie
is the first female Chief Executive Officer of
a uranium mining company in Australia,
and is working on the development of
the Wiluna mine, which is also timely
in light of the state government’s Royal
Commission into South Australia’s role in
the nuclear fuel cycle.
Jason Kuchel, Chief Executive
of SACOME, says, ‘The work of the
WinRSA committee is crucial to
growing the number of women in the
South Australian resource sector – in
particular, those in senior positions’.
Winners of each category were
automatically nominated as the South
Australian nominees for the Women in
Resources National Awards, which were
held in Perth on Thursday 24 September.
The national awards were hosted by
Lynn Olssen, the National Chair of
the Women in Mining Network, with
Liza Harvey MLA, Western Australian
Minister for Police; Road Safety; Training
and Workforce Development and
Women’s Interests addressing guests and
presenting an award.
South Australia’s trailblazing
women of mining and energy raked
in a staggering four of the five awards
presented at the 2015 Women in
Resources National Awards, where
the South Australian resources sector
was acknowledged and celebrated for
its nation-leading achievements in the
gender diversity sphere.
South Australian Premier Jay
Weatherill congratulated the four South
Australia–based winners, adding that
their success highlighted the leading role
that the state plays in supporting diversity
across all sectors of the economy.
Santos Limited was well-represented in the awards, taking out the
company award for Excellence in Diversity and Performance for its Gender
Santos employee Helena Wu (Senior Reservoir Engineer) was presented with
the Exceptional Young Woman in Australian Resources Award.
Outstanding Australian Tradeswoman, Operator or Technician was awarded to
Sabrina McKenzie, Plant Operator, Theiss, at OZ Minerals’ Prominent Hill mine.
In addition, recently appointed Asset President BHP Billiton Olympic
Dam Jacqui McGill was awarded Gender Diversity Champion in Australian
resources for her leadership at BMC, Queensland.
The fifth award, for Exceptional woman in Australian resources, went to
Bronwyn Barnes, Director and Non-Executive Chair, Winward Resources,
Helena Wu, Senior Reservoir Engineer from Santos Limited, was presented with the Exceptional Young
Woman in Australian Resources Award
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