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NSW Mining Women in mining award winners announced

BHP’s Sarah Withell has been named as the Exceptional Woman in the NSW Mining Women in Mining Awards at a ceremony last week.

The NSW Women in Mining Awards recognize the contribution women make to the world-class industry in NSW

Ms. Withell was recognized for her significant contribution towards the delivery of state and federal approvals to facilitate BHPs Mt Arthur Coal to produce 36 million tonnes per annum. MS Withell was also recognized for engendering community support for the project.

The NSW Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women, Bronnie Taylor MLC, joined more than 300 people, 20 Members of Parliament and special guests at the awards event at NSW Parliament House.

“Congratulations to the NSW Mining Council for their initiative in presenting the 2019 Women in Mining Awards,” she said.

“These awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise outstanding women working in the mining industry.

“Through their innovation and success, these women are paving the way for future generations interested in joining this important industry.”


NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said the awards highlighted the increased number of career paths that were available to women in the sector.

“Our NSW Women in Mining Awards acknowledge the highly-skilled women who are making an important contribution to a successful mining industry here in NSW,” he explained.

“All the finalists showcase the efforts being made to promote greater opportunity and participation for women in mining.”

NSW Women in Mining Award winners

Exceptional Woman in NSW Mining: Sarah Withell – BHP

Exceptional Young Woman in NSW Mining: Brooke Lees – CMOC Northparkes Mines

Gender Diversity Champion: Tim Witney – BHP, Mt Arthur Coal

Excellence in Diversity Programs and Performance in NSW: Peabody, Wambo Women Program

Outstanding Tradeswoman/Operator/Technician: Maddison Clarke, KRH Mining

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