Wilpinjong mechanic a finalist in NSW Women in Mining Awards

Hana Newbury, a diesel mechanic at Wilpinjong coal mine, has been named a finalist in the state Women in Mining awards.

Nominated in the Outstanding Tradeswoman/Operator/Technician category, Hana began her career at Wilpinjong in 2010.

While not typically the type of work women pursue, she said she has always had an interest in working with machinery.

“Growing up on a farm I was always around machinery and became a ‘hands-on’ learner, so when it came to choosing a career path at school, I picked subjects such as automotive and metal work, which have always sparked my interest,” she said.

“After finishing school, the opportunity arose to work in the mining industry as an apprentice diesel mechanic, so I jumped on it.”

Hana said when people meet her for the first time, they are interested in knowing what it is like working in a role known for being traditionally male.

“People are usually a bit shocked, but I tell them it’s great,” she said.

“The guys here at Wilpinjong are actually really supportive and I bring a completely different approach to solving problems that they value.” 

In congratulating Hana, Peabody’s Wilpinjong General Manager, Blair Jackson said, “attracting more women to the workforce is something Peabody is intently focused on and it makes me proud to support hardworking young women like Hana who are challenging stereotypes and making a difference”.

“While the whole Peabody team wishes Hana all the best on the awards evening, to us she’s already a winner.”

Women in Mining Awards acknowledge women in the NSW mining industry.

Winners will be announced at the ceremony in Sydney on Thursday, March 15.