QRC Indigenous Awards

An annual awards event to celebrate Indigenous participation in the sector

The QRC Indigenous Awards promote and celebrate leading practice Indigenous participation achievements in the resources sector while advocating the industry as a career option for Indigenous people.

The awards are presented during Reconciliation Week and provide the opportunity to showcase Indigenous role models and ambassadors for the Queensland resources sector.

2017 award categories, finalists and winners:

Indigenous Advocacy Award  |  recognises Indigenous or non-Indigenous individuals that have demonstrated outstanding effort to encourage, promote and advocate for increasing Indigenous participation within the resources sector

Joint Winners:

Davina Shearer, Incitec Pivot

 

William Blackley, Glencore

 

Highly commended:

Irene Leard, Jangga Operations

 

Exceptional Indigenous Person in Queensland Resources Award  |  recognises exceptional achievement by an Indigenous person working with the Queensland resources sector in any occupation or profession

Winner:

Theresa Saylor, BHP

 

Highly Commended:

Lee Darvell, Rio Tinto Weipa

 

Up and Comer:

Cameron McCartney, Mount Isa Copper

 

Inspirational Newcomers:

Eduwano Woolla and Edmund Woolla

 

Exceptional Indigenous Business in Queensland Resources Award  |  recognises exceptional achievement by an Indigenous business supplying the Queensland resources sector

Winner:

Jetzak Media

 

Highly Commended:

Barada Barna Aboriginal Corporation

 

Best Company Indigenous Procurement Initiative Award  |  recognises companies that have developed and maintained strategies that enhance supplier diversity and support increased Indigenous business participation within resources sector supply chains

Winner:

Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council and BHP

 

Highly Commended:

Rio Tinto Amrun Project

 

Best Company Indigenous Employment and Training Initiative Award  |  recognises companies that have developed and maintained strategies that enhance the attraction and retention of Indigenous people in the Queensland resources sector

Winner:

Rio Tinto Weipa

 

Highly Commended:

Thiess


Exceptional Indigenous Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) Student Award
 |  recognises exceptional achievement by an Indigenous students at a QMEA school who has shown significant promise and passion for a career in the Queensland resources sector

Joint Winners:

Kaitlyn Tobane, Blackwater State High School

 

Wonie Yusia, Wavell State High School

 

 

Previous winners

2014
Indigenous Champion Award Colin Saltmere, Myuma Group
Indigenous Overall Award Raymond Ahmat, Rio Tinto Alcan
Best Company Indigenous Initiative Award QGC

2015
Exceptional Indigenous Person Lisa Peckham, Glencore
Exceptional Indigenous Business Myuma Pty Ltd
Indigenous Advocacy Champion Paul Travers, BHP Coal
Matthew Ralph, Origin
Best Company Indigenous Initiative BMA Indigenous Recruitment Strategy

2016
Best Company Indigenous Procurement Initiative QGC
Best Company Indigenous Employment and Training Initiative Glencore
Exceptional Indigenous Business RBY Projects
Exceptional Indigenous Person Tom Draper, Arrow Energy
Indigenous Advocacy Award Noel Gertz, Myuma Group
Penny Hamilton, Thiess