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EXPLORATION geologist Claudia Bowman hopes to find Bendigo’s next major gold deposit. She is part of a cohort of women who are optimistic about the mining sector and will increase in the near future. A gender equity audit released in 2021 showed that women made up just 18% of the mining industry workforce and 20% of board positions. However, the sector has received praise from the federal government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for its recent progress. More News: New investor in Fortuna Villa has owner Paul Banks optimistic about the future A WGEA equity analysis report said the mining operation has consistently performed above average for the industry regarding policies and actions on gender equality in pay. “Industries such as mining, utilities and finance are the ones leading the way and driving change,” said WGEA director Libby Lyons. The Minerals Council of Australia announced on Monday that Ms Bowman and her colleague Felicia Binks, who both work for Agnico Eagle – owner of the Fosterville gold mine – won major titles at this year’s Women in Resources Awards. “We’ve been hosting these awards for six years and we’re very proud to recognize these incredible women,” a spokesperson said. “We have a lack of diversity in the mining sector and we want more women to participate in our industry and we want to show that it is open to everyone.” The awards recognize professional achievement, advocacy for other women, and contribution to social acceptance and community. Ms Bowman, who won the Exceptional Young Women award, said she had worked at the Fosterville gold mine for about four-and-a-half years and had seen the workforce improve even in that short time . “I started working underground and sometimes it was myself and 100 men,” she said. “More recently I have seen more women working underground. Sometimes there will be seven women for every 100 men. I can see a change in the industry and women are becoming more willing to try mining jobs. J I’ve been treated very well underground It’s been like a second family. “Women are sought after and really valued in the industry. I feel wanted and included. Ms Binks said she mentored other women and encouraged them to stay in the industry. She started her career in mineral processing and had since landed a job with a company. She received the Exceptional Woman in Victorian Resources award. MORE NEWS: State budget 2022: billions for health, education and roads “It was a good industry for me and that’s why I stayed,” she said. “I took five years off to have my kids and managed to come back. “Before, people thought you couldn’t have kids and come back, but this was my third shift in industry. You can get that work-life balance. That’s why these awards are important – to show that women are welcome in the industry. .” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content: