QLD appoints women to mine safety board

Queensland’s mining industry’s Board of Examiners has appointed its first female members.

Julie Devine and Bryony Andrew, both mining engineers, are the first two women appointed the mining health and safety body.

“This is an historic first for Queensland but it’s also a vote of confidence in two women who have had impressive careers as mining industry professionals in a male-dominated industry,” QLD minister for natural resources and mines, Dr. Anthony Lynham, said.

“Women made up less than 15 per cent of the resources sector workforce in 2014 but industry bodies are optimistic about surpassing the 20 per cent mark by 2020,” he said.

“Both Ms. Devine and Ms. Andrew have extensive experience in the mining industry and will make a valuable contribution to the board, which assesses and examines applicants for safety positions and issues certificates of competency.”

Andrew is the manager of the Poitrel coal mine, near Moranbah, and has a background in mining engineering, with experience as a production and development manager.

Devine is a senior mines inspector with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines since2009.

Prior to that Devine was a mining engineer, mine manager, and mines inspector in both Queensland and PNG.