We’re now only a week away from what is one of my favourite events on the sector’s calendar – the Women In Resources Awards.
Each year WIRA celebrates outstanding individuals and organisations in mining and resources, and the work that is being done to provide attractive career opportunities for and enhance recognition and participation of women in our sector.
The stories of our WIRA finalists are as inspirational as they are impressive. I can’t wait to see all these role models recognised on March 5 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Of course, the fact we are able to contemplate an event of almost 1000 people is a testament to how things can change in only a few short weeks.
Last time I penned a Discovery column in early February, Perth and the South West of WA were in lockdown. Now we’re back to the freedoms we’ve enjoyed for much of the past nine months. From a global perspective we’ve been exceptionally fortunate.
Many of you will have seen the news this week of the first COVID-19 vaccinations in WA. The Minerals Council of Australia this week released a position statement on the national vaccination rollout, and the CME Workplace Health and Safety Team will continue working with member companies to ensure workers in our sector considered to be vulnerable or who come in contact with vulnerable communities are vaccinated as soon as is practicable.
I’d like to finish off this column by announcing the exciting news that Susan Cull has been appointed to the position of State Manager (Regional) for CME.
Many of you will have worked with Susan in her current role as Manager – Workforce Capability and will be well aware of her in-depth knowledge of our sector’s challenges and opportunities and also her tremendous work ethic. Susan has been a driving force behind the creation and ongoing impact of WIRA.
I’d like to congratulate Susan on her new role, in which I know she’ll be extremely successful.