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Hunter Business: Mining women committed – Newcastle Herald

March 9, 2014

AS the photographs of women driving massive dump trucks and the like attest, the Hunter coal industry is no longer a male preserve.

On International Women’s Day in 2012, the NSW Minerals Council established its NSW Women in Mining Network as a way of helping women gain a foothold – and to keep on rising – through a traditionally rough and tumble industry.

The minerals council says the network has grown to have more than 500 members, and to maximise its hold in regional areas, it has merged its events arm with the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s women in mining network to create a new body – WIMnet NSW.

To celebrate the achievements of the past 12months, the annual Women in Mining Awards were held at the Sydney Harbour Marriott on Thursday night, with three mining initiatives and more than a dozen women competing as finalists in a range of categories.

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