Hav­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties

Central and North Burnett Times - - WOMEN IN MINING -

NAOMI Pur­cell might have only been back in the Goondicum Re­sources of­fice for a cou­ple of months, but she is no stranger to the in­dus­try.

She has worked in ad­min­is­tra­tion at the Cur­ragh Mine at Black­wa­ter and the Mt Leyshon Gold Mine out­side of Char­ters Tow­ers, and worked at the Monto op­er­a­tion for eight months in 2012.

“There’s much more op­por­tu­nity for me to make a dif­fer­ence at this mine com­pared to the oth­ers I’ve worked at,” she said.

“It’s a small op­er­a­tion here and a close-knit group, so you get to know peo­ple bet­ter and learn how you can be most ef­fec­tive.”

Mrs Pur­cell was the ad­min­is­tra­tion su­per­in­ten­dent and over­saw things like com­mu­ni­ca­tions, log­ging con­trac­tor hours and keep­ing stores stocked.

“I also work in HR and re­cruit­ment and we re­ally don’t re­ceive many women ap­pli­cants,” Mrs Pur­cell said. “But I would en­cour­age more women to try out the in­dus­try.

“I re­ally en­joy it, oth­er­wise I wouldn’t have come back.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

GOOD JOB: Naomi Pur­cell said­work­ing at a smaller mine site had a lot of benefits.

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