Isa mining champion takes national honour
The Glencore Queensland Metals employee has been awarded the 2021 Dyno Nobel Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources Award.
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said Ms Wipaki was an outstanding role model for the resources sector, currently managing the health and safety, environmental performance, community engagement and social performance for copper and zinc operations employing almost 5000 people.
“I hope Maryann’s achievements and her long-standing commitment to promoting excellence in our sector will inspire a whole new generation of women to pursue a highly paid and highly skilled career in our industry,” he said.
MCA chief executive officer Tania Constable said Ms Wipaki had been recognised for her advocacy on the important role the mining industry plays in Queensland, and for her commitment to workforce safety as a member of the Queensland Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee.
The national award comes after she won this year’s Queensland Resources Council’s Exceptional Woman in Resources Award.
Ms Constable said tonight’s awards highlight the diversity, calibre and skills of women working across Australia’s world-leading resources industry.
“These awards celebrate initiatives that create a more diverse, safer, fairer and stronger sector.
“As ambassadors and role models, the award winners will inspire more women to enter the resources workforce,” Ms Constable said.
- Thiess Outstanding Australian Tradeswoman, Operator or Technician Award – , process owner at Woodside Energy for her active participation as a member of Woodside’s Gender Equality Matters Network and her support for women to work offshore through recruitment, mentorship and safety advocacy.
- Maptek Women in Resources Technological Innovation Award – , commercialisation manager at Woodside Energy for her ability to develop and apply technology to improve safety and quality through FUSE, which enables users to identify areas of concern and opportunities.
- Newcrest Exceptional Young Woman in Australian Resources Award – , principal business performance at BHP Mount Arthur Coal for her impressive leadership, mentorship and injury management across the business, as well as strong advocacy on gender diversity and community outreach.
- Rio Tinto Gender Diversity Champion in Australian Resources Award – , production materials movement manager at Liberty Bell Bay for his efforts to increase female participation in the workforce from a 100 per cent male team to 40 per cent female participation today, simultaneously overseeing a 25 per cent increase in female apprenticeships. And , managing director at Umwelt Australia for her trailblazing adoption of policies such as paid parental leave and genuine flexible working arrangements, as well as her drive to maintain a gender balance across all levels of the business from the graduate to executive level.
- St Barbara Excellence in Company Programs and Performance Award – for their collaborative approach to increase female participation by expanding the pool of women applying for roles in the resources industry from the North West coast of Tasmania.
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