Q & A with Rebecca Alston — Gold Industry Group



I’m privileged to be the RAP Champion for Gold Fields, so I’ve been closely concerned in growing the Innovate RAP together with a broad workforce of RAP supporters throughout our websites. Accountability for the general supply of the RAP sits with me, however we’ve got key stakeholders and contributors all throughout our enterprise and our actions over the Innovate RAP will contain each single Gold Fields worker. So very a lot a workforce effort!

What does the RAP imply to you?

The RAP means many various issues to me. It encourages us to acknowledge and focus on the difficult historical past of Australia, and ensures folks can embark on a journey that’s secure and respectful to everybody concerned. It additionally means we be a part of a nationwide community of individuals striving to realize constructive outcomes for our First Australians, which creates an ideal power for collaboration and innovation on this house. However most importantly, it encourages cultural exchanges between folks and teams that in any other case might not ever happen, which is a wealthy and rewarding expertise for everybody and so important for bringing everybody alongside on the journey.

What advantages will the RAP present for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples?

The Innovate RAP is called the ‘implementation’ RAP, so there are a selection of initiatives that may promote alternatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at Gold Fields inside coaching and employment, enterprise improvement, cultural studying and neighborhood and social wellbeing applications.

What initiatives within the RAP are you most wanting ahead to delivering?

It’s exhausting to solely decide a number of, however there are some partnerships being developed to assist social and neighborhood wellbeing outcomes that will likely be an ideal assist to our Goldfields communities, you’ll have to look at this house! From an inner perspective, there will likely be a variety of cultural studying actions throughout our websites and the area as an entire – I’ve been very fortunate all through my profession to take part in lots of cultural studying actions throughout WA and I’m excited that we are able to make that occur for individuals who have by no means been uncovered to Indigenous Australian cultures earlier than.

What are you most happy with?

The moments the place I’m able to facilitate somebody having a very transformative expertise, reminiscent of attending a cultural studying session for the primary time, the place you possibly can see their complete standpoint change and their curiosity ignited. These are nice moments!

How have the workforce been concerned with the RAP?

There are completely different ranges of involvement throughout the enterprise – everybody participates in foundational cultural studying actions, however then there are the many individuals straight concerned within the numerous initiatives being carried out throughout the enterprise. The management groups in any respect of our websites are all very concerned and supportive, which is vital to the success of the RAP.

What has been the affect on the workforce and neighborhood?

Individuals are genuinely within the RAP – the framework is fairly well-known now on a nationwide stage and it offers folks a place to begin to search out out extra about what they are often concerned in and what the enterprise is specializing in. Staff have an interest to search out out extra concerning the completely different teams which are important to every of our websites, and suggestions from the broader neighborhood is actually constructive as properly.

What recommendation would you give to these contemplating a profession in gold mining?

I’d say completely go for it. The useful resource trade is exclusive in that we’ve got the chance for direct dialogue and collaboration with native communities in a approach that helps a real trade of concepts and cultural studying. Now we have the chance to leverage our sources in ways in which empower and assist native folks and organisations, and create long-term worth that we hope will proceed lengthy after we’re gone.

What do you do in your spare time?

My husband and I’ve a really energetic two 12 months previous who retains us on our toes, and we’ve got a small rural property that we try to escape to as a lot as potential. We’re each nation folks and love that feeling of being ‘again on the farm’.

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