Mining jobs are not just for blokes
March 29, 2013

Women in NSW mining account for just 9% of the workforce, a figure that we’re determined to see increase. That’s why we’ve launched WIMIN_NSW.

 

Women in this state’s mining sector can now be part of a bigger network of women working in an industry that has its own unique challenges and experiences.

 

We want more women to enter into the mining industry, especially in roles that have traditionally been held by men. Engineers, environmental scientists, geophysicists – the opportunities are abundant. We’re determined to connect women already in the industry and to work together to come up with innovative new ways to attract more women. 

 

At the launch in Sydney, which coincided with International Women’s Day celebrations, we were privileged to hear from Loretta Hill, a civil engineer and author of ‘The Girl in the Steel-Capped Boots’. Loretta spoke about her experiences working as a woman in the mining industry and the unique challenges she has experienced.

 

We also heard from Ann Sherry AO, who shared her story as the head of a global cruise ship company, Carnival Australia, and recognised Dr Nikki Williams, head of the Australian Coal Association, as our inaugural patron.

 

You can check out our new website for information on events and to find out how to get on board this new network. Also have a look at our video on this page to hear firsthand what it’s like to be a woman in NSW mining. 

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