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MEI Online: People News: Australasia: March 13th 2013


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:: Women in Mining Awards


Xstrata Coal’s Glendell Mine operations manager Elizabeth Watts has taken out the inaugural Outstanding Woman in NSW Mining Award at a ceremony to celebrate the achievements of women across the mining industry.

NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee congratulated all four category winners at the 2013 NSW Minerals Council Women in Mining Awards gala ceremony in Sydney last night, attended by a predominantly female industry audience on the eve of International Women’s Day. “We have some amazing women working in NSW Mining in varied roles and at different stages of their careers, and these inaugural awards are a testament to their hard work and dedication," Mr Galilee said. “We’re working hard to promote women in mining and attract more women to consider a NSW mining career. Mining offers big opportunities, big potential and big careers for women across the sector and we encourage women to particularly consider non-traditional roles like trades and engineering. Mining is not just for blokes."

Guests were be able to congratulate their successful peers, network with their colleagues and be inspired by keynote speaker dual Olympic Athlete Jane Flemming (pictured), one of Australia’s best known sporting personalities.

During her 15-year elite sporting career, Ms Flemming won two Commonwealth Games gold and two silver medals, 13 national titles and broke literally hundreds of records. Among her many current roles, she serves as an official ambassador for The National Breast Cancer Foundation.

2013 NSW Minerals Council Women in Mining Awards winners:

Outstanding Woman in NSW Mining Award: recognises exceptional achievement by a woman working in the industry in any occupation - Elizabeth Watts, operations manager, Xstrata Coal’s Glendell Mine, Hunter Valley.

Outstanding Initiative Award: recognises individuals or companies whose initiatives attract and retain women, particularly in areas where they are underrepresented - Rio Tinto Coal and Allied’s Pathways4Girls and Women in Mining programs, Hunter Valley.

Aspiring Star Award: recognises a woman who has undertaken vacation or short-term work in the industry and has the potential to become a future industry innovator - Alix Thornhill, undergraduate mining engineering student, University of Wollongong.

Rising Star Award: recognises the exceptional achievement by a woman who has worked in the sector from one to five years, in any occupation or profession - Gabrielle Horn, apprentice auto-electrician, Anglo American’s Drayton Mine.




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