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QRC celebrates Queensland’s Indigenous workforce

Queensland

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has held a day of key industry events celebrating and promoting Indigenous employment in the resources sector.

Held on June 12 in Emerald, the event aimed to highlight the importance of regional communities to the state’s resources sector.

QRC chief executive officer Janette Hewson said Emerald was an ideal venue to host the events.

“We are extremely proud to be hosting QRC’s Indigenous Business Forum which promotes new employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and companies across Queensland,” Hewson said.

“In the last financial year, thanks to support from our member companies, Indigenous participation in the Queensland resources sector workforce increased from 5.3 per cent to a new record high of 6.4 per cent.”

Hewson said 31 per cent of those workers are women, compared to the 22 per cent average across the whole workforce.

“These are well-paid jobs providing good incomes and livelihoods to people living in regional and remote communities in Queensland,” Hewson said.

“While these are impressive figures, events like the QRC Indigenous Forum in Emerald will open new opportunities to do even better.”

An Indigenous student experience event was also facilitated as part of the forum, with 16 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from local schools gathering at the Emerald Outback Exploratorium to hear from community elders and industry professionals.

“The students had a full day where they gained a greater understanding of the role cultural heritage assessments play in mining operations and potential for study in this area through the University of Queensland skills team,” Hewson said.

The student experience ended with the students joining forum attendees for a special session on career progression for Indigenous workers in the resources sector.

“The day provided the students with a chance to connect with resource industry professionals and identify potential employment/study pathways to be part of the resources future in this region,” Hewson said.

A ‘resources roundup’ rounded off the QRC’s big day in Emerald, bringing local community, business and resources sector representatives together, sponsored by Kestrel Coal Resources.

“The roundup was a great opportunity for local community and business leaders to speak with resources sector representatives about future local plans and opportunities in the industry,” Hewson said.

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