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INSIDE Cute and Cuddly - Page 3

JUNE 2011

Jim’s Gym - Page 5

Sartory String Quartet - Page 6

Tom Price and Paraburdoo Association Resurrected Long-time Tom Price businessman, Bob Stump has proposed a resurrection of the Tom Price and Paraburdoo Business Association. The association will shortly extend an invitation to all interested business owners and managers, including home-based businesses, to attend an AGM. The AGM will be held on June 29 at the Clem Thompson Sports Pavilion at 7pm. The purpose of the AGM will be to elect officer bearers and determine goals and an administrative framework for the association for 2011/12. The meeting will also decide on a framework to ensure the

association plays a strong role in both towns. “We urge people to attend, as each executive position will be declared vacant at the time of the AGM,” Stump said. “We are encouraging nominations for all positions including the committee.” Stump identified potential aims of the association as the following: • To source funding and employ administrative support and service delivery • To provide a focal point for the dissemination of information. • To build a network of local

businesses, members of the resource sector and government agencies (including the Shire of Ashburton). • To hold monthly network events and host guest speakers. • To provide links to business support services through the Small Business Centre West Pilbara. An extensive advertising program will be undertaken before the AGM to ensure all businesses and interested persons are aware of the meeting date and details. For more information contact Bob Stump on 9189 2032 or Greg Musgrave on 0417 080 037.

Chevron signs on WASO Platinum Partner

WASO performed in a free concert in Onslow recently.

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra announced recently that major corporate partner Chevron Australia had significantly increased its support of the WASO in 2011, signing on as one of the Orchestra’s three platinum partners. “Chevron Australia’s increased support of WASO

demonstrates a strong commitment to the arts and cultural vibrancy in the Western Australian community,” said WASO chief executive Craig Whitehead. “Our partnership with Chevron continues to go from strength to strength and we are delighted that they have been able take this successful partnership to a new level.” The partnership with WASO provides Chevron Australia with naming rights to WASO’s Masters Series and a WASO on the Road tour through the Perth metropolitan area. WASO on the Road tours are a vital part of the Orchestra’s Education and Outreach Program. The

Paraburdoo sporting and community facilities survey The Shire of Ashburton, in partnership with Rio Tinto, has engaged Creating Communities Australia to undertake community consultation to determine the sporting and community facility needs of the Paraburdoo community. A key part of the project will be consulting with all key users to collect information to confirm needs, key issues and preferred facility development options. We value the input from all clubs and organisations and request your assistance by responding to our online survey. Simply log on to and follow the links. Or alternatively visit: www. Interested parties must complete the survey by Friday 24 June. Any questions can be directed to Graeme Hall at Creating Communities on ph 9284 0910.

tours enable a small group of musicians to visit classrooms in regional centres around Western Australia and give students an introduction to classical music and the instruments of the orchestra. The Chevron-operated Gorgon Project also sponsored a WASO on the Road tour to the Pilbara where it offered in-school workshops for children in the Pilbara region at no cost to the community. Additionally, the funding enabled WASO to present two free community concerts in Roebourne and Onslow, enabling Chevron and the Gorgon Joint Venture Participants to reinvest in the local community. “Supporting the arts in Western Australia aligns with Chevron’s core values of celebrating diversity, encouraging ingenuity and our commitment to being a good partner,” Chevron managing director Roy Krzywosinski said. “It’s great to be able to give back to the WA community through our partnership with the WA Symphony Orchestra.”

Inside this issue Shire President Report


Gumula Report


Tom Price Community News


Onslow Community News


Paraburdoo Community News 


2011 NAIDOC Celebrations


Out & About



Shire President Report

Over the last few months you may have noticed an increase in the number of Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (FMG) personnel around Tom Price. The reason for the increase in activity is because the Solomon mine is now in an advanced exploration phase, with a 300 man camp being established about 75kms from the town. The increased presence of FMG heralds an exciting time of growth and opportunity for Tom Price and the Shire at large. Councillors and executives recently visited the mine site with FMG’s projects director Justin Nancarrow to discuss the project. We were able to get a feel for the size of the mine and how close it is to town. According to Mr Nancarrow, construction of the Solomon Mine is planned to commence this

month, with direct ship ore export forecast for the September Quarter, 2012. The first ore through the processing facility should be exported in the September Quarter, 2013. Solomon has been touted as the biggest iron ore mine in Australia. It will begin with two mines, Firetail and Kings, which will produce up to 60 million tonnes a year in the first stage. As the mine is positioned right next door to Tom Price it is set to bring significant benefits to the town and the Shire – cemented by FMG’s purchase of residential land in our recent auction. Nancarrow said the Solomon Hub would have almost twice the resources and less than half the strip ratio of Fortescue’s first mining operation, the Chichester Hub. He anticipated a large workforce would be required for each stage of the mine’s development. “During construction, the workforce is anticipated to peak at 3000 people, which will consist of contractors and around 120 Fortescue employees,” he said. “After commissioning and ramp up has been completed the ‘steady state’ operation workforce is anticipated to peak at around 1000 people.” FMG plan to build up to 100 houses in Tom Price making immediate land availability critical to their mine operations plan. The mining giant has also stressed a desire to base its operational contractors in Tom Price, maximising opportunities for our local businesses and providing an incentive to others to buy land and build houses.

Tom Price is strongly emerging as a town with mines, not a mining town. In my view, over the next five years Tom Price will be a fair dinkum service hub for around five individual mine operations, as other miners are also exploring prospective tenements all within a 150kms radius of Tom Price. The visit proved very interesting and highlighted the need to continue with our strategic plans to improve our town centre, sporting facilities and residential and industrial land. If we remain on the road to improvement we can expect to capitalise on all the opportunities presented by the Solomon mine.

Greg Musgrave

Building a Better Future For Gumala’s Kids

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation has formed a strategic partnership with one of Australia’s most respected tertiary institutions – the University of Melbourne – to build an early childhood centre at Wakuthuni Community (just outside of Tom Price). The project is to be completed in June and will see the construction of a tailored building designed and fitted to indigenous specifications by 16 Masters students from the University’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. This will be followed by an early childhood program which will be known as the Abecedarian

Approach to teaching and learning. The Abecedarian Approach is an early childhood intervention strategy for at-risk children or children from disadvantaged communities. It is designed within a framework of applying practical exercises also known as “Learning Games” and assessing the outcomes. Positive benefits have included: • Higher IQ detected from as early as 18 months of age • More engagement with persons and objects in the preschool years • Improved school performance in reading and mathematics • Reduced grade retention • Fewer special education placements • Higher likelihood of undertaking tertiary study • Reduced teenage pregnancy Early childhood studies like the Abecedarian Approach are increasingly recognising the critical importance of children developing their self-awareness and self-development within a responsive home environment, which encourages creativity, exploration and interactivity. The challenge is to foster a culture of “learning” and to encourage children to engage in their surroundings and importantly to respond positively to family members as part of emotional growth and stability. Gumala is excited at the possibilities of the

Abecedarian Approach and it being applied for the first time in the Pilbara. Important research will be conducted by the University of Melbourne and Gumala’s kids will benefit from a long term study. Further, one of the leading experts in early childhood development, Professor Collette Tayler, will be developing a customised Abecedarian Approach model for Gumala and will be working closely with our staff to ensure proper training and supervision is provided for everyone involved in this educational program. Gumala intends to spend over $15 million of its own funds over the next three years to expand the educational services being provided to our members – the Nyiyapali, Banyjima and Innawonga Traditional Owners. Forming partnerships with reputable and highly specialised providers like the University of Melbourne will lead to long term benefits that addresses poverty alleviation and allows for the Abecedarian Approach to form part of a good education for Gumala’s kids.

Steve Mav Chief Executive

PAGE 3 Little Geckos Child Care Centre

Position Vacant Child Care Worker (Unqualified) TOM PRICE

Little Gecko’s Child Care Centre is situated in Tom Price and services the towns of Tom Price, Paraburdoo and the surrounding communities. The successful applicant will be supporting the Qualified Child Care Worker in the room. They must also have a Working with Children Check and a Federal Police Clearance. The pay rate is at the award rate.

ROOM VACANCIES Do you require Day Care? Little Gecko’s Child Care Centre have vacancies in the 3 – 6 year old room.

For information on these vacancies please contact Robyn on 9188 1232

The next council meeting will be held: Wednesday, 20 July 2011 Ashburton Hall Ashburton Avenue, Paraburdoo at 3.00pm

New technology paves the way Utilising new technology to significantly improve the turnaround in approvals for the first quarter of 2011 has been reflected in the latest State Government’s mining approvals figures. Mines and petroleum minister Norman Moore said the percentage of applications lodged online had jumped from 10 percent to 26 percent in the month following the launch of the new electronic lodgement system. “The ability to lodge programs of work (POW) and mining proposals online was made available in August 2010,” Moore said.  “By March 2011 there were more POWs lodged online than paper lodgements. Although industry exploration activity increased in the first quarter of 2011 reforms were implemented and, consequently, flexibility and timeliness improved.   “Online submissions require a defined quality standard and higher quality submissions result in significantly less approval timelines.   “WA resources industry activity occurs mostly in regional and remote areas so making lodgement processes more accessible to those areas has obviously made a big difference to mining companies.”   The latest data shows tenement applications jumped from seven percent to 26 percent following the online lodgement.    In the first quarter of 2011, 92 percent of the 570 exploration licences lodged were finalised within the timeline target and 96 percent of programs of work were finalised within 30 business days. Of the 72 petroleum environmental plans, 96 percent were finalised within the timeline target while 75 percent of petroleum wells were finalised within 40 business days, Moore said.   “Information can now be streamed to computers and hand-held devices such as phones and it is interesting to note that 22 percent of all electronic lodgements were outside core business times,” Moore said.

Scitech – the buzz of town schools in Paraburdoo and Tom Price in late May to educate children about science. The H2O show, where children discovered the secret of the fireproof balloon and learnt about properties of water, was presented to primary school children in years four to seven. Children from kindergarten to year two experienced the Bubbles and Air Show, which explored the physical properties of air and water, with giant bubbles, double bubbles and bubble worms entertaining the crowd. Robert Crittenden, Bayleigh Bell and Harrison Price marvel over science. More than 130 children attended the events which Bizzare wonders including water walking the were made possible as part of Scitech’s partnership tightrope were on display when Scitech came to with Rio Tinto.

OPEN NOW! Tom Price Town Centre Project Office The Tom Price Town Centre Project Office is now welcoming visitors and public enquiries. Vistors will be welcome on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 1.00pm & 3.00pm. (Other times are by appointment arranged through Sharon Morley – Project Administrator - 0408 086 789). Information in relation to the current works, new projects and land development can be accessed at this office and in the next few weeks the new draft designs for the Town Centre (Village Green) Development will be available for viewing. Entry to project office (and contractors site office) is via the Western Gate on Stadium Road (opposite the youth centre).

Little Geckos Child Care Centre

Position Vacant Child Care Worker (Qualified) TOM PRICE, WA Little Gecko’s Child Care Centre is situated in Tom Price in the economically vibrant Pilbara and services the towns of Tom Price, Paraburdoo and the surrounding communities. Key responsibilities of this role are to: Provide quality programs for the development of the children Establish and maintain effective relationships with parents, staff, community members and other key stakeholders Guide and support unqualified staff Ensure compliance with legislative and licensing bodies Comply with the Care and Protection of Children regulations Maintain a safe and hygienic working environment To be successful in the role you will possess: Relevant qualifications in accordance with Community Services (Child Care) Regulations (1996) Proven skills in the development and implementation of children’s programs 0-6 years Knowledge and ability to implement QI & AS processes Proven ability to effectively communicate with children and their families Working with Children Check and Federal Police Clearance. A pay rate that is 25% above Award awaits the successful candidate in addition to subsidised rent.

For information on this position please contact Robyn on 9188 1232 or email your CV to

Pet Profile

Name: Pepi & Sasha Looking for: Loving new home for both of us, preferably together Age: Seven months Likes: Sleeping in my cosy basket with my sibling Dislikes: Loud noises Appearance: Small sized cats, black with white paws and hindlegs and Sasha has a white marking on her nose Other Pets: We like small dogs Relationship status: Both looking for loving home be it with a single person, couple or family-we are not fussy! We were the last of a litter of seven and have become very good friends and look out for each other now. My sister Sasha is a  little timid when around new people but with me around she comes out to play and likes to be  brushed and played with just like me. We are very similar in our good looks and are a lovely small sized cat. We both fit comfortably in the one basket. We do like to go outside occasionally but will come back in after a short  look around.  We

have been with our lovely foster carer and her family of older children for four months now, and even though they love us we know we cannot stay with them forever and we would really like somewhere to call home and receive all the attention we deserve. We have both been desexed thanks to our good friends at SAFE Tom Price. Just call Mercede on 9189 3733 and if you like just one of us that is okay; we are adaptable.


Tom Price Community News Tom Price official pool opening After almost 18 months, Tom Price’s new revitalised pool celebrated its official opening with almost 100 people entering through the gates to celebrate. The cold and windy weather did not deter patrons from entering through the gates, swimming in the pool with the inflatables and enjoying a BBQ on the day. The event was officially opened with the cutting

of the ribbon by Irene, the wife of the late Vic Hayton. The event launch included speeches from a range of speakers including Department of Sport and Recreation regional manager Peter Myers, Rio Tinto's general manager of Tom Price and Marandoo operations, Mark Eaglesham and the Shire’s deputy shire president Linton Rumble and chief executive

officer Jeffrey Breen. The Vic Hayton Memorial Swimming Pool has over 100 lap swimmers which use the pool. There are weekly swimming lessons, a well-established swim club; and the venue is also used to host numerous birthday and Christmas parties. We have included a selection of photos from the official opening below:

Some weren’t afraid to brave the cold.

Darren Scott and Morgwn Jones cook up a storm.

Brodie Jones and Daniel Broderick on the inflatable.

The event was officially opened with a range of keynote speakers.

Brodie Jones rugs up after his swim.

Almost 100 people turned up to the event.

Irene Hayton, wife of the late Vic Hayton, cuts the ribbon at the official opening.

Tom Price pool manager Ray Martin.

Cakes for a Cause

Shire of Ashburton staff did their bit to raise much needed funds for cancer research. Left to right, Christine Main, Wendy Parish and Leah John.

Flying the flag for reconciliation

Reconcilation Week was held in late May. Pictured: Receptionists Karen Tonkin and Kimberlee Kite

The Shire of Ashburton recognised National Reconciliation Week by flying the Aboriginal flag at its Tom Price office this week. Receptionists Karen Tonkin and Kimberlee Kite hoisted the flag on May 30. This symbolised how community members could be involved in bridging the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. National Reconciliation Week ran from May 27 until June 3, with the theme Let’s Talk Recognition.

The team at the Shire of Ashburton found a good excuse to sample a smorgasbord of treats when they hosted Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea last month, raising over $1200 for cancer research. The team also raised an additional $200 through Casual for a Cause Fridays during the weeks leading up to the morning tea. Organiser Wendy Parish said the Shire would

continue Casual for a Cause, raising money for a different organisation each month. “Each Friday we wear jeans and takes turns bringing in something for morning tea,” Parish said. “It’s a fun way to raise funds for worthy organisations.” Next month’s Casual for a Cause will support Beyond Blue for Depression and Anxiety.

"Healthy Body Healthy Mind" Tom Price Youth Activities include badge making, earth ball, healthy food and more for ages six and up. The event will be held at the Tom Price community centre on: Sunday 19th June from 3.00pm - 5.30pm Sunday 26th June from 3.00pm - 5.30pm Sunday 3rd July from 3.00pm - 5.30pm To find out more contact Heather from the Shire's community services on 08 9188 0807 or


Onslow Community News Jim’s Gym is now open The new gym at the MPC is now open for business. The gym is open 24 hours a day and membership swipe cards for entry are issued through the Shire office. Please note security cameras are installed for the safety and security of all members. If you’d like to check out the gym prior to signing up, information sessions with Andrew Slater are available on: Thursday 16th June—7.30pm to 8.30pm (please note Andrew will only be providing information on the types of equipment available. No training programs or advice will be given during this time). To join up membership fees are as follows: ADULT

CONCESSION (must present pension card)


Weekly $45 Monthly $110 6 Monthly $360 Yearly $485

Weekly $30 Monthly $90 6 Monthly $320 Yearly $425

6 Monthly $490 Yearly $615

For membership forms and more information please contact 9184 6001.

Entries were down but the enthusiasm certainly wasn’t at the Boat Regatta held in early May. Due to a cyclone cancelling the much loved Australia Day celebrations Onslow couldn’t let all the hard work that had been put into boat building go to waste. Last year’s winning boat ran into some problems at the start of the race and unfortunately had to limp back to the start line. Thirsty Crab paddled by Elton Dawes, Tina Smith, Justin Casey and Cam McGurk came in third. Sole paddlers Jake Brooks and Back Alley Pete put in a fantastic effort with Jake coming in second place. But the big winners were Danny Wright and Kaleb Mepham paddling the boat built by the Shire crew. A big thank you to all the helpers on the day.


What’s On In Onslow - June 2011 SUNDAY




Girls Program 3pm – 5pm

THURSDAY 2 Basketball Jnrs from 3pm Snrs from 6pm

Seniors Badminton 6pm




Girls Program 3pm – 5pm




What’s On In Onslow - June 2011 Junior Sports 3pm


(Public Holiday)


13 Girls Youth Club 3pm – 5pm Basketball Training 6pm

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20 6 Girls Youth Club 3pm – 5pm Basketball Training 6pm (Public Holiday)

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27 13 Girls Youth Club Girls Youth Club 3pm – 5pm 3pm – 5pm Basketball Training 6pm


Seniors Netball 6pm

20 Girls Youth Club 3pm – 5pm

TUESDAY 14 Junior Sports 3pm Seniors Netball 6pm

21 7 Junior Junior Sports Sports 3pm 3pm Seniors Seniors Netball Netball 6pm 6pm

28 14 Junior Junior Sports Sports 3pm 3pm Seniors Seniors Netball Netball 6pm 6pm

21 Junior Sports 3pm

Football Training 5pm

Seniors Badminton


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Girls Program Wirrpanda Foundation 3pm – 5pm - school Football Training Girls Program 3pm5pm – 5pm Seniors Badminton 6pm

22 8 Girls Program

Girls 3pmProgram – 5pm 3pm – 5pm Football Training Football Training 5pm 5pm Seniors Badminton Seniors6pm Badminton 6pm

29 15 Girls Program

Wirrpanda 3pm –Foundation 5pm - school Football Training Girls5pm Program 3pm – 5pm Seniors Badminton Seniors6pm Badminton 6pm


Girls Program 3pm – 5pm

Football Training 5pm

SATURDAY 4 Football Comp

Football Training 5pm



Basketball Jnrs from 3pm Snrs from 6pm



Football Comp

SATURDAY 4 18 Football Comp

Basketball Jnrs from 3pm Snrs from 6pm

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Community Quiz Night

24 10

Basketball Jnrs from 3pm Basketball Snrs 6pm Jnrs from 3pm Snrs from 6pm

30 16 Fun Fair in town

25 11 Community Movie Event Town Oval


Football Football Comp Comp

18 Football Comp

Basketball Jnrs from 3pm Snrs from 6pm


Community Quiz Night

24 Basketball

25 Community Movie Event

Football Comp

Adopted program helps alleviate water issues in Onslow In an effort to address water issues in the town, the Shire has designed and adopted a program which measures the water usage of each Shire owned property on a monthly basis. Executive manager western operations, Amanda O’Halloran said the initiative was a way of understanding how Onslow used water and an effective way of identifying how they could improve water efficiency. The Shire of Ashburton and the Water Corporation have been working together to implement best practice waterwise strategies, after the Shire signed up for the Waterwise Council Program in August 2010. “Some strategies identified from the program include the improvement of tree reticulation systems, retrofitting of water efficient appliances in properties, adjustment of irrigation settings, balanced design of outside areas and suitable plant selection for the region and area,” she said. Since joining the program, the Shire has been investigating ways to improve their water management

within their own operations and improve water efficiency in the residential and non-residential sectors. The Water Corporation and the Department of Water, with the support of the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI) – Local Governments for Sustainability, have developed a Waterwise Council Program. The aim of this program is to build a cooperative working relationship with local governments to improve water use efficiency in local government and their communities. The Shire has also incorporated waterwise conditions on development applications in order to promote and endorse waterwise practices within the community. Water Corporation’s water efficiency officer Tepi Smith said the Water Corporation recognised the link between urban design and landscape architecture and said by applying the water efficient principles to new and existing urban forms, water efficiency and environmental values would be optimised.


Paraburdoo Community News String Quartet comes to Ashburton

Performer Pascal Whiting demonstrates the violin to primary school students.

The Sartory String Quartet performed to local Paraburdoo and Tom Price students at a concert in May as part of a three-week-tour of the Pilbara and Kimberley regions. The quartet toured the region as part of Musica Viva In Schools, presenting the live performance plus a music education program which incorporates professional learning for teachers, activities and resources for students, and culminating in a live musical performance in participants’ schools. Paraburdoo Primary School deputy principal Nicole Senior said the students and staff had a wonderful time. “Thank you so much for allowing us to share in the

magic of the Sartory String Quartet. We look forward to Musica Viva attending Paraburdoo Primary School in the future.” The Sartory String Quartet is made up of four dynamic young musicians who bring both classical and contemporary music to life for young audiences. Through their engaging and interactive performances, the group are able to break down barriers between themselves and their audiences. With the concert being received so well by the community, Musica Viva In Schools and Rio Tinto are set to present a musical ensemble, Ogham Soup, in the region in 2012.

Official reopening of Federation Park

Over 200 people from Paraburdoo celebrated the official re-opening of Federation Park earlier this month. The eleven-year-old park was originally built by the WA government and now has extensive

improvements to the playground equipment, lighting, barbecue and picnic areas. Federation Park was officially opened by Rio Tinto Greater Paraburdoo Operations manager Sinead Kaufman, and attended by representatives from Rio Tinto, Bao-HI Ranges Joint Venture, Paraburdoo Primary School and Paraburdoo Early Years Group. Bao-HI Ranges JV representative Catherine Thomas attended the event and was confident the park would provide many years of enjoyment for the community. “I congratulate all who were involved in organising this successful opening and those who were so instrumental in completing the project so comprehensively,” she said. Future plans for Federation Park include the installation of bicycle stands and additional bins by

the Paraburdoo Tidy Towns committee. Rio Tinto is working with the Shire of Ashburton to support a number of other initiatives as part of the town centre revitalisation of Paraburdoo, including bike and driver road safety education, a water playground, junior area and a community gazebo planned for 2011 - 2012. The project was jointly funded, project managed and constructed by Rio Tinto, Bao-HI Ranges Joint Venture, Shire of Ashburton, Monadelphous, ICM Group WA Pty Ltd, GBJ Electrical Pty Ltd, GLH Contracting, Bend-Tech Engineering, Manning Pavement Services Pty Ltd, Byblos Constructions Pty Ltd, Tuss Concrete and Iron Fox Signs and Graphics. Vital community support for the project was also received from the Paraburdoo Tidy Towns Group, Playspace, and Paraburdoo Primary School.

Event Program 9.00am - 2.00pm

5.30pm - 6.30pm


Greater Paraburdoo Site Tour and Presentations

Pre-Dinner Networking

Networking Dinner

Greater Paraburdoo mine site and plant facilities limited to 40 people.

Get to know everyone as they arrive for the dinner

Key note speakers will share their experiences over dinner.

Keynote Speakers Denise Goldsworthy Denise began her career in the mining sector at 17 as a trainee Metallurgist. Under Denise’s leadership, Dampier Salt, the world’s largest exporter of solar salt, has seen its profits nearly doubled to US$129 million from 2008 to 2009. This strategy and success saw her appointed to the role of Managing Director of another Rio Tinto subsidiary, HIsmelt and recently named 2010 Telstra Australian Business Women of the Year. Her successes include improving business performance, driving improved safety standards, increasing workforce engagement and reducing staff turnover. Denise was recently inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.

Sinead Kaufman

Steel Caps and Stilettos 24 June 2011 Paraburdoo - Pilbara Region WA Greater Paraburdoo Site Tour and Networking Dinner WIMWA began in 2003 in Perth and continues to focus on proactively supporting and networking with people in the mining industry. Rio Tinto continues to promote and support women in mining and is proud to sponsor this event.

Graduating from University of Birmingham in the UK with a Bachelor of Science; Honours in Geology, and later a Master of Science in Mineral Exploration, Sinead now manages Rio Tinto’s Greater Paraburdoo operations. Sinead’s passions and work interests have seen her travel around the globe working in Spain, Siberia, South Africa, Queensland and now Paraburdoo. As the General Manager of Operations at Rio Tinto’s Paraburdoo mine, Sinead is responsible for managing the sites annual production of approximately 22 million tonnes.

Sabina Shugg Since studying mining engineering at the WA School of Mines in Kalgoorlie Sabina went on to become WA’s first female underground mine manager. After various resource sector roles Sabina is now at Momentum Partners, a management consulting firm in Perth. In 2003 Sabina established WIMWA, the Women in Mining and Resources networking group in WA. In 2010 she received the inaugural CMEWA Women in Resources Champion Award. Sabina was recently inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.

Charlotte McCully Moving to Tom Price at age 10, Charlotte went on to a career in nursing which she left 15 years ago to join Rio Tinto as a truck driver. After 11 years at Rio Tinto’s Marandoo and Brockman operations in various roles from truck driver to production coordinator, Charlotte left Rio Tinto to join BGC Contracting as a mining engineer at Koolan Island. Since 2007, Charlotte has been at Rio Tinto’s Yandi operations in Operations Planning and Production Superintendent roles and has recently been promoted to Manager Mining Yandi Operations.

Barbara Wood Barbara joined the resources sector as a truck driver after a career in nursing, and has continued to be promoted through the ranks to her current role of Emergency Management Officer. Barbara has completed nine Ironman triathlons, several marathons, a 100km race, a 40 mile event and finished 3rd female and 15th overall in the 2010 Australian Racing the Planet event. Recently Barbara was a finalist in the 2011 CME Outstanding Woman in the WA Resources Sector - Trade/Operator/Technician category.


2011 NAIDOC Week Celebrations Tom Price Flag raising ceremony

Awards luncheon

Cultural expo

Monday 4 July 10am Shire of Ashburton administration building

Wednesday 6 July 11am to 1pm Community Centre

Saturday 9 July 10am to 1pm Lions’ Park

Please contact Mabel Gough at the Shire of Ashburton for more information: mabelgough@ashburton. or by telephoning 0417 183 364.

Pannawonica Flag raising ceremony

Fishing competition

Wednesday 6 July From 11am The Rocks

Thursday 7 July 9am to 12.15pm Robe River

Please contact Amanda Williams at Rio Tinto for more information: or by telephoning 0407 478 056.


Out & About Women’s Health and Wellbeing sessions wrap-up There wasn’t a tense muscle in the house when the Paraburdoo Women’s Health and Wellbeing sessions wrapped up with a luxurious pamper day. The sessions, which began at the end of 2010 and included yoga, massage, reflexology and relaxation techniques, were met with an overwhelmingly positive response from the Paraburdoo community. Shire of Ashburton community services coordinator

Heather Patmore said the purpose of the series was to provide local women with a taste of what was on offer in Paraburdoo and Tom Price. “We have all these fantastic professionals living in our community who have donated their time to teach women valuable techniques,” Patmore said. “Hopefully the women who enjoyed the sessions will continue to make use of these techniques - and support our wonderful local practitioners.”

Tom Price Market Day The last in a series of market days will be held at the Community Centre on June 25. If you would like more details or to book a stall please contact Heather at the Shire’s community services office on (08) 91880807. There will be no charge to stallholders.

Accredited senior first aid course St John’s Ambulance building Tamarind Street, Tom Price 29 and 30 June, 2011 - 2 day course 8.30am to 4.00pm Certificate is valid for three years. Free to registered participants. Course material, equipment and lunch provided. Course content: + What needs to be done in case of a medical emergency + How to maintain life until medical aid arrives + CPR (adult, child, and infant)

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Soft tissue injury management Poisons, bites, stings and allergies Cardiac conditions and management Burn management General safety

To register or for more information please contact Rheannan Bloem at or by telephoning 0467 728 981.


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