Manager brings mines experience to bare

When Northern Stevedoring Services (NSS) was looking for a new Business Support Manager for its North Queensland operations, they got like for like.

A big part of NSS’ operational offer is bulk ore movement and breakbulk cargo supporting the mining industry.

Early in her career, Jade worked in explosives as a drill and blast assistant before taking on a health, safety and environment role on the Radio Hill nickel, gold, copper and cobalt mine near Karratha in Western Australia.

Jade then went to the Kimberly region in the far north east of the state, later transferring to the Crossland Resources magnetite mine head office in West Perth.

The Western Australia adventure lasted ten years before family called and Jade found herself back in Townsville where NSS has had the benefit of her talents for the last nine years.

While the romance of the west was something she would always remember, the east coast and her job with NSS had its charms Jade said.

“Townsville is a good balance between the both of those. Not too remote and not too hectic, like city life. You get to come home and see your family every day and you don’t have to do travel so far to work or do FIFO anymore.

“It’s quite diverse. I get to do something different every single day. Not the same thing.

“I do have an environmental science background and I have a safety background as well. I’ve been doing the training for a little while now, but the HR side of it is a little newer to me. So always learning and always growing and doing something different.”

The opportunity to contribute to the community was a particularly rewarding part of her work Jade said.

“Delighted that we raised nearly $50,000 for the convoy, for kids with brain cancer” Jade said. 

“I was quite proud to be a part of that and doing something really great as the company for the community and for kids, which is something close to my heart because I have kids as well.

“I definitely enjoy working for NSS, hence the reason I’ve been here for so long and there’s always something new happening, that’s for sure.”

NSS recently led the Convoy for the Cure truck parade through Townsville by virtue of its fund raising. That included matched staff contributions of $3,758.

The funds go to support research into brain cancer in children. NSS was also the lead sponsor of the event held on 26 May.

Business Support Manager Jade Collins
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