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New awards recognise contribution of Indigenous people to resources sector

Raymond AhmatA Development Superintendent from Rio Tinto Alcan Weipa has taken out the top gong at this year’s QRC Indigenous Awards announced in Brisbane overnight.

Raymond Ahmat, a Yupungathi Traditional Owner and 15 year employee of Rio Tinto, took out the Indigenous Overall Award in recognition of his exceptional leadership and mentoring of others in the workplace.

Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), Michael Roche, said the new awards were designed to promote and celebrate the achievements of individuals, and company initiatives in indigenous education, training, employment and business development.

‘The award winners set examples and role models for other companies and individuals and highlight what can be achieved,” Mr Roche said.

‘It is our hope that the award winners will go on to be ambassadors for the sector, acting as role models and encouraging more indigenous people to join our sector.’

Following is a full list of the winners:

  • QGC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Training and Business Development Strategy

For the Indigenous Initiative Award – for companies who have put in place strategies that enhance the attraction and retention of Indigenous employees within the resources sector.

  • Colin Saltmere

Managing Director, The Myuma Group for the Indigenous Champion Award – for Indigenous or non-Indigenous individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort to encourage, promote and advocate for the attraction, selection, promotion and retention of Indigenous employees within the resources sector.

  • Raymond Ahmat 

For the Indigenous Overall Award – recognising exceptional achievement by an Indigenous person working in the Queensland resources sector, in any occupation or profession.

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