GIRL POWER: Of Daunia Mine’s 450 person workforce, 23% are female.
GIRL POWER: Of Daunia Mine’s 450 person workforce, 23% are female. Kelly Butterworth

Central Highlands welcomes influx of girls

ALL the single ladies - put your hands up.

The number of women between 25 and 29 years old in the Central Highlands is rising quickly and, if the figures keep growing, women will out-number guys by 2016.

Single Blackwater miner Nathaniel Fraser, 23, said he had not noticed an influx of women in the area.

"Unfortunately I haven't noticed an increase yet; (however, there) seems to be good times ahead if in fact this is the case though," Mr Fraser said.

Australian Bureau of Statistics results indicate between 2006 and 2011 the number of 25 to 29-year-old women jumped 14.3%, while the number of men in that age bracket only increased by 3.5%.

If the same jump occurs in the next five-year period, finishing in 2016, there will be more women than men of that age in the Highlands.

Mr Fraser said any more women would be a welcome addition.

"Absolutely, with the CH area heavily dominated by the male-dominated mining industry there could always be a few more women around," he said.

With the mining industry employing more women than ever before, that may be a contributing factor to the rise in women in the region.

In 2011, 20% of truck drivers were female, up from 14% in 2006; and 92% of general clerks, 90% of accounts clerks and 99% of personal assistants in the mining industry were also women.

Mr Fraser said he looked forward to noticing more women around.

"Indeed, it would fair up the odds a little," he said.

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