Women celebrate their contribution to the mining industry

HARD hats were nowhere to be seen as women from throughout Queensland's resources industry headed to Brisbane this week to celebrate their importance to mining.

It is the eighth year the Queensland Resources Council has held its prestigious International Women's Day Breakfast which includes the Resources Awards for Women.

The enormous demand for seats at the 2012 event meant it was shifted from its previous home at the Stamford Plaza to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre this year.

One of the major awards was taken by Myf Szepanowski - the production supervisor at Anglo American's Callide Mine in Central Queensland.

Aside from being the only woman holding the title alongside 22 men, Ms Szepanowski was also recognised for her work with the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.

"I am encouraged to see more women involved in the production area," she said.

"Women on site are hard-working, capable and adaptable.

"They see the resources sector as a promising, long-term career choice."

Queensland Resources Council boss Michael Roche said the awards were part of an industry plan to increase the number of women taking on "non-traditional" roles in the resources sector by 20% before the end of the decade.



Winner - Heather Bell Rio Tinto Coal Australia (Brisbane)

Runner up - Andrea Rutley Anglo American (Brisbane)

Rising Star
Winner - Lucya Yunus Xstrata Copper (Mount Isa)

Runner Up - Kate Brand (Brisbane)

Winner -  Tamara Bellinger Xstrata Copper (Mount Isa)

Highly Commended - Karla Draper Thiess (Inglewood); Nikita Mason BMA (Moranbah); Sandii Rixon BHP Billiton (Poitrel Mine/Brisbane - FIFO)

Winner - Myf Szepanowski Anglo American (Moura)

Runer up - Elisha Wesser BMA (Mount Julian)

Gender Diversity Champion
Joint Winners - Rebecca Capper Anglo American (Brisbane) and Tash Fee TNT Training Solutions (Calliope)

Best Company Initiative
Winner - Xstrata Mount Isa Mines
Highly Commended - Parsons Brinkerhoff

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