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Switched on Tamara wins prestigious resources sector award

8 March 2013

Shift Electrician at Xstrata's Copper's Mount Isa mine Tamara Bellinger has won the trade category of the 2013 Resources Awards for Women.

Tamara was the first woman in her family to complete high school, her motivation being to secure a school-based apprenticeship with Xstrata.

'I saw the value in holding a high school certificate and consequently I am now encouraging other young girls to do the same,' said Tamara.

And Tamara is a force not to be trifled with. She participates in competitive stick fighting and is a two-times world champion after travelling to the Philippines in 2008 and 2012 to compete.

‘As one of the very few female shift electricians I am in a small minority and this has driven me to establish myself as an overtly competent worker that could approach any situation with confidence,' said Tamara

'I have acted as a leader to new starters, guiding and supporting apprentices particularly encouraging those who are female.‘

The award recognises the achievements of women working in trades in the resources sector, where women are significantly under represented, and to increase their profile to encourage other women to choose a trade as a career.

Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche says the awards, which lift the profile of women in the minerals and energy sector and provide a cohort of female industry ambassadors, are part of the QRC's plan to increase the proportion of women in 'non-traditional' roles in the resources sector to 20 percent by 2020.

'The good news is that the most recent survey of QRC members shows that we are on track to reach our target,' said Mr Roche.

'Our 2011-12 survey shows that women make up just under 12 percent of 'non-traditional' roles, such as engineers, geologists, trades and senior management, up from 11 percent the previous year.

'The proportion of women across all occupations is 14 percent, up from 13 percent in 2010-11.

'It's particularly pleasing to see that the proportion of women in trades increased from two to three percent, though obviously there is still a long way to go in this area.
'Women like Tamara are the key to boosting the number of women taking up trade careers.

'It's also pleasing to see a one percent increase in female senior managers to 14 percent.

While our statistics continue to trend upwards, we know that we need to keep a sharp focus on measures to ensure that the resources sector is attractive to women, and provides a working environment that encourages them to stay.'

The awards were presented today by the Assistant Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Lisa France, QRC President Stephen Dumble and Chair of Women in Mining and Resources Queensland Jules Blunt.

The QRC also released its latest statistics on gender diversity in the resources sector in Queensland. See the link below for the report.

Full list of winners:

Winner: Heather Bell Rio Tinto Coal Australia (Brisbane)
Runner up: Andrea Rutley Anglo American (Brisbane)

Rising Star
Winner: Lucya Yunus Xstrata Copper (Mount Isa)
Runner Up: Kate Brand (Brisbane)

Winner: Tamara Bellinger Xstrata Copper (Mount Isa)
Highly Commended: Karla Draper Thiess (Inglewood); Nikita Mason BMA (Moranbah); Sandii Rixon BHP Billiton (Poitrel Mine/Brisbane – FIFO)

Winner: Myf Szepanowski Anglo American Callide Mine (Boundary Hill)
Runner up: Elisha Wesser BMA (Mount Julian)

Gender Diversity Champion
Joint Winners: Rebecca Capper Anglo American (Brisbane); Tash Fee TNT Training Solutions (Calliope)

Best Company Initiative
Winner: Xstrata Mount Isa Mines
Highly Commended: Parsons Brinkerhoff

Further information and photos: Caroline Morrissey 0417 770 89

Winning Women - Leading Practice Principles for the Attraction nd Retention of Women in the Minerals and Energy Sector. Seventh edition March 2013