WASMA very proudly welcomed its newest members into the Alumni and celebrated those reaching 25 years since graduation at the Perth Graduates event on 10 February at the Ritz-Carlton. This year, the event’s format changed from a lunch to a cocktail function allowing many more recent graduates to attend.

WASMA Bentley Branch Chair Colin Roberts MC’d the event with the Welcome to Country by Robyn Whadjuk Ballardong Yorga Collard and her grandson and didgeridoo player Tryse Rioli. Speakers included WASMA President Kyle De Souza who spoke from the heart about the support he has received from the WASMA community throughout his career to his current position.

Others speakers were: Curtin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Chris Moran and Minister for Mines and Petroleum The Honorable Bill Johnston MLA.

The keynote speaker was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Mincor Resources Gabrielle Iwanow who spoke about her career journey and the importance of recognising that career pathways were not always linear.

WASMA announced its latest award winners with the WASMA Gold Medal going to Will Vaisey.

The gold medal is awarded to a student who has not only excelled academically but has also shown involvement in extracurricular activities such as community engagement and industry leadership.

Will was involved in clubs and societies both internally, through the WASM Social Club and the Wombats Mining Games Team, and externally through the Railways Football Club and the South Kalgoorlie Running Games Team. Most significantly, Will was responsible for the inauguration of the WASM Football Club in 2022, which raised more than $20,000 for the not-for-profit organisation, Miners’ Promise. The judging committee noted that this mountain of work was also completed during his fourth year of study and after the unfortunate passing of his father.

Congratulations Will.

The WASMA silver medals recognise the highest achievers in each of the disciplines.

Saif Al-Yaaribi
Petroleum Engineering

Kate Woodall
Applied Geology

Kai Wai Hung
Spatial Science

Kate Leekong
Chemical Engineering

Will Vaisey
Mining Engineering

Sandrine Symons
Metallurgical Engineering

Eyad Ahmad Halawani

Congratulations to our medallists and all recent and 25-year graduates.

WASMA also thanks Northern Star Resources Limited, Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions and Curtin University for their ongoing support for WASMA and these events.

Here is a link to the Graduate event gallery: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jq7DOXIJsl8-0t0pxldfUBOIELn6UhUB