Thiess’ Michelle Eckersley finalist in Women in Mining Awards 

23 May 2022

Congratulations to Michelle Eckersley, Environmental & Community Officer, Mount Pleasant Operation, Thiess, for being shortlisted in the 2022 Women in Mining Awards in the Technical Innovation category. 

The NSW Women in Mining Awards recognise outstanding women in mining companies and supply businesses, and the Technical Innovation category celebrates women who have developed and applied technological innovation in mining. 

Michelle was recognised for her work at the Mount Pleasant Operation for which she project managed 101 hectares of contemporary rehabilitation based on a GeoFluv™ design. 

As part of this, Michelle embedded a quality assurance and control process, deemed “industry leading” by the Resources Regulator. 

“Michelle has been an integral part of the rehabilitation campaigns at Mount Pleasant, so it’s fantastic to see this recognition,” James Anderson, Group Manager, Thiess Rehabilitation. 

Thiess’ Michelle Eckersley finalist in Women in Mining Awards

About the Awards  

Led by the Thiess Rehabilitation team, Thiess’ rehabilitation outcomes at Mount Pleasant Operation mirror Indigenous local habitat, set within some of the most stringent environmental requirements in New South Wales. 

The resulting open, grassy woodland, with native grasses, trees and shrubs, incorporates rock piles and tree hollows to provide connected habitats that create wildlife corridors with the surrounding landscape, encouraging the return of local fauna. 

It has been recognised as industry best practice, including impressive construction quality assurance processes that have been shared with the wider industry. 

The geo-fluvial, natural landform, including contours, peaks and valleys, looks less engineered and more visually appealing, with better long-term landform stability. 

Industry leading rehabilitation 

Read more about Thiess’ industry-leading rehabilitation practices at the Mount Pleasant Operation

The winners will be announced at an awards dinner at Doltone House – Hyde Park on Thursday 23 June. It will be the first time in two years that the event will take place in person, making it even more special to come together and celebrate the collective commitment to diversity and inclusion in mining. 

About the awards 

The NSW Women in Mining Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of leading women in the NSW Mining industry. Winners from the awards will go on to represent NSW at the Women in Resources National Awards, hosted by the Minerals Council Australia. 

Awards will be given in six categories in 2022: 

  • Outstanding Trade, Operator or Technician 
  • Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance   
  • Technical Innovation   
  • Gender Diversity Champion   
  • Exceptional Young Woman   
  • Exceptional Woman 

For more information, please connect with our Thiess Rehabilitation team.

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