WA women shine at the 2017 Women in Resources National Awards

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia congratulates the WA winners of the 2017 Rio Tinto Women in Resources National Awards.

The event, held last night in Tasmania, attracted high achievers from the resources sector across the country.
 
WA’s Vanessa Torres from BHP Iron Ore won the Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources award and Rachel Leong from Woodside received the Exceptional Young Woman in Australian Resources award.

Sharron Freitas from Alcoa was recognised with a high commendation from the national judges in the Outstanding Tradeswoman/Operator/Technician in Australian Resources category.

CME Acting Chief Executive Nicole Roocke said the awards highlight the power of diversity in the Western Australian resources sector and the efforts made by companies in the sector to improve the participation of women in our workforce.

“The resources sector recognises the benefits that increased diversity can bring to business and the sector is increasingly improving practices that support fairer and more flexible policies focused on recruitment, retention and promotion of women,” she said.

Gold company St Barbara, who has a minesite in Leonora, won the Excellence in Company Diversity Programs and Performance award.

The Women in Resources National Awards is a partnership between the Minerals Council of Australia and its Northern Territory and Victorian branches, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, the Queensland Resources Council, the New South Wales Minerals Council and the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council, supported by various state Women in Mining Network branches.

Further information about the winners can be found on the Women in Resources National Awards website.