@ The Coalface March 2022



The mining industry is full of people who always go one step further, whether it be in their careers or in the causes they believe in.

At the heart of our magazine are the stories of people doing more and giving more. Whether it’s money, time, or effort, the people who make up the coal mining industry really do care about the communities they live in.

This month we share the story of Erin Lee who was the winner of the 2021 NSW Exceptional Woman in Mining award. Erin was one of the first females to hold statutory qualifications in underground coal mining and the first female in a non-administrative role at NSW Mines Rescue. Her groundbreaking career is a step forward not just for Erin but for all the women in our industry.

We caught up with Mt Owen’s Brad Bates at a training session for his upcoming charity ride ‘Ridin 4 Mates’. In addition to raising money and awareness for the Mark Hughes Foundation, the event is also a tribute to two Mt Owen workmates who lost their lives to brain cancer.

Registrations are also open now for the annual Quarry Mining Mailrun Charity bike ride. Raising money for Singleton Family Support Inc and the valuable work they do; the event features a range of distances to suit all riding levels.

Don’t own a bike? Well then why not sign up for the Walk 4 Autism virtual event. Autism is a lifelong condition and an estimated 1 in every 70 people in Australia are on the autism spectrum. Join me and many other people in our efforts to raise funds and awareness by walking 10,000 steps a day for 8 days.

It’s simply amazing how many fundraising events are organised, supported and participated in, by the generous and committed people in our industry. It just goes to show that no matter who you are or what you do we can all make a difference.

So how are you going to make a difference this month?

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