Minara aiming to boost female miner numbers

Minara Resources is looking to increase the number of women on its mines to address the skills shortage.

The miner’s human resources manager Peter Bourne told the ABC that a number of campaigns are kicking off to encourage more women into mining.

Minara says about 30% of its current workforce are women.

“There’s a lot of good work going on, I know the chamber of minerals and energy in Perth have promoted it through their women in mining celebrations recently," Bourne said.

Currently, across Australia, women make up close to 15% of the mining industry.

Rio Tinto has also made a concerted effort to encourage more women onto mine sites, with 20% of the workforce at its Clermont coal mine in Queensland made up of women.

There has been a jump in women haul truck operators in the last few years due to their softer handling of the vehicles, with statistics showing a decrease in wear and tear on vehicles that have female operators. 

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