President’s Address
WAMC Presidents address

President’s Address

It is with great pleasure that I address you today, reflecting upon the remarkable strides we have taken since our last event. This month’s update serves as a testament to our collective efforts, highlighting the significant developments, initiatives, and achievements that continue to shape the course of our dynamic mining community. Before we delve into the depths of progress, I would like to introduce the WA Mining Club Committee.

Myself, as President and Lead for the Partnerships, Sponsorships and Young Professionals Sub-Committees; Felicity Jones as Vice President and Lead for the Speaker Program, she is also part of the Events and Young Professionals Sub-Committees; Sharon Goddard as Secretary and Lead for the Governance Sub-Committee, Hanns Ramcharit as Treasurer; Dani Tamati, Lead for the Memberships and she is also part of the Marketing Sub-Committee; Jordan Rogers is part of the Scholarships and Governance Sub-Committees, Jordan Pedley Lead for Marketing and she is also part of the Memberships Sub-Committee; Barry Upton, Lead for Scholarships and he is also part of the Young Professionals Sub-Committee; Rob Humphryson is part of the Scholarships, Speaker Program and Events Sub-Committees; and Tim Taylor who is part of the Memberships, Speaker Program and Events Sub-Committees.  

And the 2023 Young Professionals Subcommittee, Ellen Cha, Chair; Julian Jackson, Vice Chair; Natalie Dakic, Secretary; Cameron Cresswell and Patrick Borushek. 

The committee recently met to discuss our strategy and plans for the next 5 years, and I am very excited about how we went and what we have planned for the Club.  We will be presenting updates throughout the year to you all. 

Recently the club implemented a new member’s breakfast initiative. This breakfast is to help provide a warm and inviting environment for our newest members to connect with key committee members, ask any questions about the club or the mining sector and meet other like-minded professionals in the mining industry. We would like to welcome the members who have joined this month. 

Representatives from our committee had the opportunity to attend the Austmine International Conference and Exhibition in Adelaide, where Dani Tamati was approached to be a part of the conversation around the Future Skills Needs with Mining and Automotive Skills Alliance. Thank you to Dani for being the WA Mining Club’s Champion. 

Congratulations to our members on receiving an award at the annual Business News 40 Under 40 Awards: Florence Drummond; Andrew Dittmann and David Zucaro.  And a special mention to Mitchell Matera for receiving the First Among Equals awards. We are all very proud of your achievements. You’ll see the events we have coming up and the back half of the year is going to be very full indeed! 

Our June luncheon is rapidly approaching, and the topic is “Regulation and Relationship – Walking together through changing times, a panel discussion” .

The first of July 2023 will mark the transition of regulation under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021, not just a new financial year. Science tells us that WA is home to some of the oldest sites of continual human habitation, and it tells us that WA is home to a significant diversity and volume of mineral wealth. We know miners and explorers in WA have operated with and without the support of Traditional Custodians in the past. The panelist’s will discuss the imminent changes in regulation, and provide their opinion on how we, the industry, can do better together for the benefit of all future generations while paying respect to the stories of the land, and Elders past, present and emerging.  

As many of you know The Club has entered into an arrangement with STEM Smart, to deliver an in-school program targeted predominantly at year 9 secondary students. The program encourages them to explore the value of studying STEM subjects through Years 11 and 12 and the many opportunities that are created by doing so. The in-class sessions focus on robotics and software programming with an emphasis on having fun but at the same time gaining valuable knowledge. 

We are seeking sponsorship from forward thinking companies to enable us to continue to deliver the program and expand the program to improve our reach. If interested, please contact the committee.