Tarnya O'Hara - Project Team Lead

Tarnya O’Hara is a Project Team Lead at one of UGL's resources sites in South Australia.

“I am running the biggest project on site for UGL with the support of a great team. This project is remedial structural steel and concrete work on a site that is 30 years old. 

“In the Counter Current Decantation area in the hydromet area (pictured above), we must wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) every day. Each area on the site has different PPE requirements you must follow from a safety perspective, e.g. underground.

“I joined UGL for the opportunities Australia-wide and the variety of project experience I could possibly be involved in across the board.  Currently at this site, it involves both surface and underground experience."

First day at UGL

“My first day at UGL was in Summer and over 45 degrees, and I had just come from 23 degrees! I was adjusting for a few days to the heat, but at UGL there is an excellent safety culture and you are encouraged to drink more water, have more breaks, rotate tasks and work in the shade where possible.

“Also, I felt part of the team straight away, everyone was very welcoming and friendly."

What I love about my role at UGL

“I love the variety and the challenges of my job. It’s never boring and I am learning new things every day. The people I work with and the culture of looking after one another as we do our family has really stuck with me this year. I love project work and being on site, it’s all about the journey together and creating a positive culture. Seeing a project through from start to finish is very rewarding."

Working for UGL

“I have progressed very quickly at this site, I have felt supported and I think there is massive opportunity for anyone joining UGL. Also, to the women considering a career in UGL I would say ‘just do it’ I am a big advocate of women in mining, and UGL have been on the front foot with implementing a lot of initiatives in this area and being proactive with opportunities and support for women in non-traditional roles, and diversity in general.

“My fly-in fly-out role suits me. UGL has given me flexibility within the rosters as required and this gives me quality time with my family on my R&R - I am a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 5 and counting!”


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