Resources sector’s Indigenous all-stars get statewide recognition

  • Posted 24 May, 2023
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24 May 2023

Click here for photo of QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane

Click here for photo of finalist Daphne Tiplady (Hastings Deering)

Click here for photo of finalist Paul Wright (Evolution Mining)


As the largest private employer of Indigenous Australians, Queensland’s resources sector will celebrate the contribution of outstanding First Nations employees at an awards function in Brisbane next month.

From high school students about to embark on a resources career to those with decades of experience in the sector, finalists in this year’s QRC Indigenous Awards reflect the increasingly wide participation of Indigenous people in Queensland’s number one export industry.

With the support of event partner, Evolution Mining, the QRC Indigenous Awards will be held on June 20 and feature six categories recognising individual and company achievements.

This year’s finalists hail from all corners of the state including Weipa, Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Mackay and Brisbane.

QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the calibre of this year’s finalists reflects the level of Indigenous expertise embedded in the state’s $94.6 billion mining and energy sector.

Mr Macfarlane said resources companies are making great progress towards creating more employment opportunities and diverse and inclusive workplaces for people from all cultural backgrounds, although there is always more work to be done.

“The Queensland resources sector is proud to be such a significant employer of Indigenous woman and men, particularly in regional and remote areas where most of our operations are based,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“It’s great to see Indigenous people working in such varied roles, from trade apprenticeships to management positions, and that is reflected in the finalists for this year’s awards.

“The resources sector offers some of the most highly paid and rewarding careers of any industry in Australia, and it’s encouraging that companies are actively recruiting Indigenous people to work in the communities where they live.

“Rising Star finalist Daphne Tiplady, who works as a Store Person with Hastings Deering in Weipa, is typical of all finalists when she speaks about how proud she is to work in the sector and that she wants to encourage other First Nations people to follow her lead.

“Another finalist, in the Indigenous Advocacy category, is Evolution Mining Mount Rawdon Operations Sustainability Manager Paul Wright who is making a difference by building stronger relationships with the Indigenous community and supporting region-wide reconciliation more broadly.”

Evolution Mining Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Lawrie Conway congratulated all award finalists.

“Evolution is extremely proud of our strong connections with all indigenous communities where we operate and we are privileged to help the QRC celebrate the achievements of Queensland’s indigenous industry leaders,” he said.

“Evolution is committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion in line with our values of respect, safety, accountability and excellence. Every day, Evolution people create positive opportunities to support self-determination of indigenous communities.

“By supporting the QRC Indigenous Awards we want to elevate the significance of First Nations partnerships in our industry. Evolution aims to enhance our existing relationships and employment pathways for indigenous people and we respect, and are very proud to celebrate, all finalists who help to drive positive and sustainable outcomes.”


Award categories


Exceptional Indigenous Person in Queensland Resources

Indigenous Advocacy

Indigenous Rising Star

Exceptional Indigenous Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) Student

Exceptional Indigenous Business in Queensland Resources

Company category

Best Company Indigenous Initiative


Click here to see full list of finalists.


Thank you to our 2023 QRC Indigenous Awards Sponsors

Event partner |  Evolution Mining        Platinum Networking sponsor  |  Jellinbah Group
Culture and Arts sponsor  |  South32        Apparel sponsor  |  Stanmore Resources
QMEA Student sponsor  |  Hatch     Gold sponsors  |  Hastings Deering and Peabody Resources
Silver sponsors  |  Sandvik and Thiess        Bronze sponsors  |  Bravus Mining and Resources, Civeo and Coronado Global Resources


Media Contact: Rachel Stewart – [email protected] or 0408 130 767

Matt Dunstan – [email protected] or 0411 535 072