Bursary Winner


Zali’s nursing aspirations strike a chord with essay judges


Miles State High School student Zali Dawes has been able to move one step closer to her dream of becoming a nurse thanks to a prize-winning effort in a short essay competition.

Zali’s 500 word essay on her life, and her university aspirations, was selected from more than 50 entries submitted by young indigenous people from right across Queensland, as part of a Reconciliation Week Bursary Initiative developed by Murphy Pipe and Civil & Empowering Community Strategy.

During assembly at Miles Sate High School last week, Murphy Pipe and Civil Senior Project Manager Andrew Parker presented Zali with a bursary for $2000 in recognition of her winning essay, which she can now use for educational purposes.

Mr Parker said this was the first time Murphy Pipe and Civil had offered an educational bursary, and was part of the company’s ongoing activities to support reconciliation with indigenous Australia.

“Throughout Reconciliation Week our company has run a number of events including a cultural awareness workshop for employees, raising the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at our Brisbane headquarters, and providing indigenous youth with this educational bursary opportunity,” Mr Parker said.

“While it was great to see so many entries come in from right across Queensland, with our company operating in the Surat Basin region for the past five years now, I was very pleased that the eventual winner was a representative from this region’s young indigenous community.

“Zali’s essay, which detailed her active involvement in the Miles sporting community, her commitment to help others through volunteer work, and her aspirations to help others by attending university to become a nurse, really struck a chord with judges, who felt she was a very deserving recipient of the bursary,” he said.

On accepting her bursary, Zali said she would use Murphy Pipe and Civil’s financial support to ensure she achieved her dream of becoming a nurse, where she would like to work in the field of oncology.

“Cancer rates are becoming alarmingly high in aboriginal people so it would be amazing to be able to work in this field and do all that I can to help patients,” Zali said.

“I would like to also thank the Miles State High School for providing me with the best education possible, which will help me achieve my life goals,” she said.

Caption: A prize winning essay has earned Miles State High School student Zali Dawes (centre) a $2000 bursary, which was presented to her by (from left) Murphy Pipe and Civil Land Access and Social Performance Advisor Ray Hanrahan, QGC Indigenous Relations Mentor and Compliance Coordinator Mia Hampson, Miles State High School Deputy Principal Norman Gill and Murphy Pipe and Civil Senior Project Manager Andrew Parker.