Aspiring engineer wins Qld women in resources award

Posted March 8, 2016

IWD_QMEA Winner Tara Toshack

Photo: International Women’s Day_QMEA Winner Tara Toshack


Aspiring environmental engineer and Dysart SHS student Tara Toshack has won the student award in the 11th annual Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) awards presented in Brisbane today. (8Mar16)

The 2016 Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) Student Ambassador was flown to Brisbane to collect her award by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance.

‘I chose this nominated career path as I enjoy learning how science and its theory can be applied to real life situations, and then implementing this knowledge myself,’ said Ms Toshack.

‘I also have a great interest in the effect that different factors have on the environment, and the ways in which we can minimise and rehabilitate these impacts.’

Tara, who is also a member of Young Scientists of Australia, has written many published pieces on the importance of mentoring and supporting girls in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, which can lead to careers in the resources sector.

BMA Asset President Rag Udd said the organisation was proud to support the youth of Central Queensland in their growth and development towards careers in engineering and resources.

‘As one of Central Queensland’s largest employers, we are particularly proud to see a student from our region of operations excelling and seeking to apply her talents in a STEM profession,’ Mr Udd said.

QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said the awards and breakfast, this year sponsored by Rio Tinto, celebrated and showcased the depth of female talent in Queensland’s resources sector.

‘The awards also provide industry ambassadors and mentors, particularly for women and students thinking about entering the resources field,’ Mr Roche said.

‘The long-term future of our sector relies on attracting and retaining the best people to keep us at the forefront of innovation as we compete in a global market.

‘A workforce with people from diverse backgrounds, including a better gender balance, is critical to supplying the workforce of the future.

‘The attendance of about 800 people across the state today at breakfasts to witness the presentation of these awards is a clear demonstration of our sector’s continued commitment to its goal of at least 20 percent women in non-traditional roles by 2020.’

The awards were presented by the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations Grace Grace, QRC President Stewart Butel and WIMARQ Chair Heather Parry.

* The QMEA is Australia’s largest and most successful industry/education schools partnership between the Queensland resources sector represented by the QRC and the Queensland Government.

Through its school-industry partnerships, the QMEA’s 35 schools around the state offer programs and experiences to broaden students’ and teachers’ knowledge of the sector and provide pathways for young people into resource sector related careers.

The full list of results:

Exceptional Woman in Qld

Winner: Cecile Wake, Growth Director QGC

Exceptional Young Woman in Qld Resources

Winner: Dannielle Dendle, Engineering Project Coordinator and Project Controls, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance Peak Downs Mine

Outstanding Queensland Tradeswoman/Operator/Technician 

Winner: Marianne Finch Dragline/dozer operator BHP Billiton Mitubishi Alliance Saraji Mine

Gender Diversity Champion in Queensland Resources

Winner: Chai McConnnell Principal Consultant Advisian Pty Ltd (part of Worley Parsons Group)

Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance
Winner: Aurizon

Exceptional QMEA Student in Queensland Resources
Winner: Tara Toshack Dysart SHS

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