IWD: Coronado Curragh and Thiess

Blackwater’s International Women’s Day Breakfast 

Date: Friday, March 6, 2020

Time: 6:45 am – 8:30 am

Venue: Blackwater International Coal Centre
Capricorn Highway
Blackwater, QLD 4717

Registration: click here

Tickets: Free

Coronado Curragh and Thiess are pleased to invite you to attend the Blackwater 2020 International Women’s Day Breakfast.

Hear from trailblazer Fran Burgess on her journey through the resource sector, and the challenges and opportunities of achieving many female firsts.

In line with this year’s theme – Each for Equal – the event will feature activities aimed at bringing awareness to the inequality faced by women in the workplace and sparking conversations about what each of us can do to create change.

There will be vegan, dairy free and gluten free options available. If you have other deitary requirements please contact the event organiser community@curragh.com.au to advise.

By ordering this ticket I consent to the Event Organisers (Coronado Curragh Pty Ltd, Coronado Global Resources Inc, Thiess Pty Ltd and CIMIC Group Ltd) or a photographer engaged by any of the Event Organisers, photographing and/or recording me. I understand that the photographs or recordings may be used and published by any of the Event Organisers for marketing and media purposes in any format the Event Organiser considers appropriate and/or disclosed to the Event Organisers’ clients or related entities, some of whom may be overseas entities, and consent to such disclosure. I release each of the Event Organisers from liability arising from use of the photographs and recordings. If I am under 18 years of age, my parent/legal guardian has consented to the terms of this consent and release.

About Fran Burgess

Fran has worked in the mining industry for 42 years, with 17 years as a general manager. She holds four degrees including an MBA, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management, a Bachelor of Applied Economics and a Bachelor of Science Technology in Mineral Processing. Fran was the first female cadet metallurgist in Broken Hill, the first female graduate in metallurgy in Australia, first female mill superintendent in Australia and the first female underground mine general manager in Australia.

While working with Pasminco Group Technical Support, Fran created the inaugural Mineral Processing Team, which was 100 per cent female when formed. She transferred to Pasminco Elura Mine in 1998, and improved the zinc recovery from 75 per cent to over 85 per cent using stirred media detritors. She took on the role of Manager Metallurgy at the flagship Pasminco Century Mine, and was instrumental in the ramp-up of the plant to full production of 520 000 t/a zinc metal and overseeing the 304km pipeline operation from the Lawn Hill mine site to the port at Karumba in the Gulf.

Dedicating time back to the industry is important to Fran and a way of doing this is involvement on the Chartered Professional Program Committee (CPPC) from 2020 a member of the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) since 2017 and is a Mentor for the QRC WIMARQ for the last 4 years and prior to that a mentor for Wimnet NSW. Fran has also previously been a member of the Wimnet Committee for the AusIMM for a number of years.


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