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OPINION – People Are Our Most Important Resource

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Stephen Galilee, CEO, NSW Minerals Council

We all know how important mining is for our region and the NSW economy. However, the most important part of our industry is the people who make up our world-class mining workforce.

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions our industry was recently able to come together in Sydney for the first time in three years to celebrate the contribution and achievements of women in our mining workforce.

Our annual ‘Women in Mining’ Awards recognise the many incredible women in our mining industry and their achievements in a range of fields.

From technology and innovation to engineering and trades, as well as in operational roles and running businesses, our finalists and award winners highlight the opportunities for women in mining, and showcase the career paths available in our sector.

Congratulations go to all of the finalists from the Hunter mining industry.  Ebony Ford from BHP Mount Arthur Coal was a finalist in the Outstanding Trade, Operator or Technician award category. Michelle Eckersley from Mount Pleasant Operation, Theiss was a finalist in the Technical Innovation award category and Semar Obied from BHP Mount Arthur Coal was a finalist for the Exceptional Young Woman in Mining award. Yancoal’s Rebecca Jackson was a finalist for Exceptional Woman in Mining.

The NSW Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor was guest speaker at the Awards Dinner, and best summed up our industry’s goal for the future:

“These incredible role models show young women and girls that there is so much potential for them in this industry. We need more women to aspire to leadership positions in the NSW mining industry, now more than ever as we rebuild our economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Stephen Galilee, CEO, NSW Minerals Council

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