September 2021 President’s Address

September 2021 President’s Address

Last month, we held our annual Scholarship Luncheon where Matthew Blackwell from Iluka gave a presentation on his journey in the resources industry and what his key points for emerging leaders would be.

I would like to say congratulations again to all of our 2021 Scholarship finalists.

Our 2021 scholarship winners were Courtney Johns, Jemima Reid, Rachelle Dollar, Sydney Marsden, Joe McCormick, Shalet Shaji, Emma Hodges and Roland van Zwol. I look forward to seeing their careers develop in the mining industry.

Our Young Professionals held their YP Q3 Event themed Danjoo Goorliny, which means “Walking Together”.

The panellists explored how mining companies and Native Title partners can achieve sustainable outcomes through mutual respect and true collaboration.

The event provided guests with more information and awareness regarding the different aspects of heritage from native title, land access and culturally significant sites, a topic that is novel to most young professionals starting their career in mining.

If you missed any of our events, please get in touch with either myself or Cassandra Brennan, as all of our events are now recorded.

Last week, RU OK Day was celebrated around the country. A day to remind all of us to start a conversation that could change a life. It was also Suicide Prevention Week, whose theme for the year was ‘Creating Hope Through Action’.

The WA Mining Club are proud to be affiliated with Miner’s Promise. An organisation established to assist members in the resources sector and their immediate families by providing practical, emotional and financial support when impacted by a crisis event or death.

Links to their website alongside other mental health resources are below, should any of you wish to find out more. These include the Minerals Council of Australia’s MineWell app. The MineWell app supports mental health and wellbeing.  It was created by miners, for miners and is available for free on the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android) for AUS and NZ mine workers and their families.

https://headspace.org.au                                          https://www.lifeline.org.au/

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/                            https://www.minerspromise.org.au/

https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au                    https://www.minerals.org.au/minewell

This month WA Premier the Hon Mark McGowan outlined his first Budget as Treasurer, exhibiting a strong State economy expected to grow 3.5 per cent in the year ahead, unemployment projected to be <5 per cent for the foreseeable future and business investment forecast to grow almost 10 per cent this year.

Some highlights from his address at the recent Business News Post Budget Breakfast were paying down debt, a record infrastructure investment including $9.1 billion in the regions, a focus on health, social housing, education, climate, the real kick off of Westport and even a down payment on a desalination plant.

I would like to wish GOLD FIELDS and EDL the best of luck at the upcoming Golden Gecko Awards night.  GOLD FIELDS and EDL were selected as FINALISTS for Environmental Excellence for their Agnew Hybrid Renewable Project.

I attended the annual Women In Mining & Resources WA Summit, where I met and heard from various intelligent and motivated women from all walks of life.  It was great to be able to celebrate each other’s successes and career journeys!

Valuable learnings from the Summit were around:

  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Building trust and being transparent
  • Defying & overcoming challenges

Lastly, I wanted to congratulate and celebrate Dorinda Cox, who was this month sworn into Federal Parliament as the first Aboriginal woman in a Senate seat in Western Australia.