Mining women support group

The Mining Women Support Group have been meeting in Yeppoon every week for 12 months, with members saying the friendships formed will last a lifetime.

Victoria Murray formed the group a year ago to help women who found themselves alone in a new town without the support of family or friends.

Murray said there are around 40 regular members of the Yeppoon group, while a further two groups have been set up in Rockhampton and Gladstone,The Bulletin reported.

Over the past year, Murray said she has made over 100 new friends.

"We all fill the void of family for each other," she said.

Originally set up to support mining wives, the group now welcomes military wives, or anyone else whose partners works away.

Murray said they had put on a family barbecue which helped the men realise how important the friendships were.

"My husband loves it," said Kath Stephenson.

"He knows how much it gives me … they're the ones who pick me up when he's not here and he encourages me to keep going even when he's home," she said.

Gladstone Mining Women Support Group co-organiser Jess Williams said she would like to see more activities initiated in her area to help families in such circumstances.

“There’s lots of money in this town but nothing to do,” she said.

“A lot of the people in this group don’t have anyone around them.”

Image: The Bulletin

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