Five local recipients across fields for honours list

The Fremantle Literature Centre’s founder and director Lesley Reece. Picture: Elle Borgward                                     d419415
The Fremantle Literature Centre’s founder and director Lesley Reece. Picture: Elle Borgward d419415

FIVE local residents have received one of Australia⿿s biggest honours after being named on this year⿿s Queen⿿s Birthday Honours list.

Fremantle’s Sabina Shugg was one of those recognised, appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the mining industry and the women who work in it.

Ms Shugg admits she got into the field accidentally, starting work in a Kalgoorlie open pit mine after she was kicked out of university.

From there, she has worked her way through the ranks, holding positions such as Newcrest Mining’s senior mining engineer, head of mining at Momentum Partners and mining performance national lead at KPMG Australia.

She has also worked hard mentoring other women in the industry, founding Women in Mining and Resources WA and sitting on the committee of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s Women in Mining Network.

She has been named in the top 100 global inspirational women in mining and was among the first to be inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame, but she says the troubles women face in the mining industry were no different to what the men had to deal with.

“Issues like isolation and the fact that it is a very bloke-y environment is not good for the men either,” she said.

“Women that have families find it hard to do the isolated work in the bush when their children are growing, but I think overall there are lots of opportunities for men and women and many issues that are just as applicable for both.

“Women are doing everything from explosives to truck driving but a lot of people just aren’t aware of that, so I want people to understand that women could get amazing careers in this industry.”

Ms Shugg said she was “a little embarrassed” receiving the recognition, but if it made people talk about the issue, she was proud to accept it.

The Fremantle Literature Centre’s founder and director Lesley Reece was also appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her work promoting literature among children.

It has been a big year for Ms Reece, who was also a finalist in the West Australian of the Year award in the Arts and Culture category.

“I’m absolutely delighted because it really shines a light on the amazing things that this centre has achieved over the last 23 years,” she said.

Fremantle’s Recipients

Lesley Reece AM (Fremantle): For service to children through improving literature skills and promoting Australian authors and illustrators.

Sabina Shugg AM (Fremantle): For service to the mining industry and as a role model and mentor to women.

Patricia Kotai-Ewers OAM (O’Connor): For service to literature and to people with Alzheimers.

Wesley Carter OAM (Samson): For service to the community through men’s health programs.

Cecilia Salvadori OAM (Fremantle): For service to the Catholic Church and to the community of Fremantle.