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Gympie mum in top 100 list of inspirational mining women

Gympie's Melissa Brown is putting Gympie on the global mining map.
Gympie's Melissa Brown is putting Gympie on the global mining map.

NO BOOK on mining would be complete without an entry from Gympie.

With the town steeped in mining heritage, it was only logical that Gympie's own Melissa Brown would be featured in a second worldwide publication on women in the mining industry.

The book, 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining, was launched in London last December.

The busy mum of three not only juggles her role as mother, wife and homemaker with her week-on, week-off career, but she also helps run three businesses with her husband Randal, work their hobby farm and is doing a course in nutrition.

"I have a very active lifestyle," Melissa said.

While she wasn't all that surprised at being nominated for the process, she said she was surprised to be included in the book, which attracted nominees from South Africa, Canada, the US and the UK as well as Australia.

"I have always loved inspiring women at my work and within my community but the potential to inspire on a global level is overwhelming," she said.

In her supervisory position, Melissa supports and encourages a team of 52 haul truck, grader and water truck operators, who she likes to refer to as "Family B".

Her managers have said she leads by example and her rapport with her crew and willingness to apply herself are why she was promoted to team leader, and nominated for the book.

Melissa said she loves working for Glencore at the Clermont open cut coal mine because it allows her to get a good balance between her work and home life.

"My husband and I are still able to run our businesses, manage a hobby farm, participate in our community and actively engage in our children's lives.

"I believe I wouldn't be able to juggle all of this working full-time in any other industry," she said.

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