OUTSTANDING: Former Biloela resident and Komatsu apprentice in Gladstone, Alanna Dennien, has been nominated for Exceptional Trade/Technician/Operator in the 2019 Resources Awards for Women.
OUTSTANDING: Former Biloela resident and Komatsu apprentice in Gladstone, Alanna Dennien, has been nominated for Exceptional Trade/Technician/Operator in the 2019 Resources Awards for Women. Contibuted

Tradeswoman nominated for Qld award

FOURTH year heavy diesel technician apprentice Alanna Dennien wanted a trade that was both challenging and rewarding at the same time.

The hard-working apprentice at Komatsu in Gladstone has been nominated for Exceptional Trade/Technician/Operator in the 2019 Resources Awards for Women.

The awards are run by Queensland Resources Council, Women in Mining and Resources Queensland to recognise women and the work of men and women to promote gender diversity in the sector.

Alanna said it was an honour to be nominated for the award as it is a very large industry she's employed in and had to work hard to be where she is today.

"The category was narrowed down to three finalists and the entrants had to answer in depth questions about their chosen professions,” Alanna said.

Alanna is originally from Biloela and attended the local high school there.

In 2016 an opportunity for her dream job came up to start her Heavy Diesel Technicians Apprenticeship at Komatsu.

"Most people have been accepting of my presence in the role and are willing to help me learn and it was hard starting as an apprentice”

"I had to prove myself to the tradesmen and then again because I was female and despite all obstacles I proved to myself that I could do it and that has been the most rewarding part”

Alanna has also been nominated for Skillstech TAFE in Brisbane,

QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the awards recognised the sector's ability to bring gender balance in the workplaces.

"The QRC and its members have a goal of at least 20 per cent women in 'non-traditional' roles such as engineering, earth sciences, trades and operators by 2020,” he said.

"Since 2006 these awards have provided a cohort or role models and ambassadors to inspire women to enter and remain in our resources sector.”

The awards presentation will be in Brisbane at the annual International Women's Day breakfast on March 8.


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