PRIME Minister Julia Gillard will meet with almost 200 women working in the resources sector in Moranbah today.
She will be guest of honour at a Women in Mining and Resources Queensland networking event.
WIMARQ, which also has branches in Brisbane and Townsville, was set up to provide a supportive network for women working in the male-dominated resources sector, particularly those working in fields where women are traditionally under-represented.
Having gained the ultimate “non-traditional” job, WIMARQ members will be keen to hear how Ms Gillard has navigated the male-dominated halls of power in Canberra.
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said it also offered Ms Gillard the opportunity to see another side of the industry, through the eyes of its leading women.
Included on the guest list are past winners of QRC’s Resources Awards for Women including BMA’s Jennifer McKenzie and Melanie Gordon, and Anglo American’s Simone Forbes.
“Every day, women working in Queensland’s resource sector are excelling and forging their place in roles where women are under-represented,” Mr Roche said.
“As the first female Prime Minister of Australia, I’m sure Ms Gillard will be able to relate to women breaking new ground in their field.”
QRC member companies have recently adopted a new target of having 20% women working in “non-traditional” roles such as engineering, trades, operators and senior management by 2020.
“This followed our 2009-10 gender diversity survey of QRC members, which showed that we’d already almost reached our initial target of 12% by 2020,” Mr Roche said.
“With the current skills shortage, and the industry needing tens of thousands of more skilled people over the next five years, we can’t afford to miss out on the talents of women.
“Support for WIMARQ is an important element in our efforts to attract and retain women in the industry, along with our RAW awards and International Women’s Day breakfast, and work within high schools and universities.”
The event at the Moranbah Community Centre runs from 2-5pm. Visit QRC’s website at www.qrc.org.au.
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