On Friday, 12 March 2021 Citic Pacific Mining held an International Women’s Day luncheon and site tour. Five students from Year 11 and 12 were invited to the event: Jessica Tunstead, Arashdeep Kaur, Harmony Leo, Nikki Cuperus and Olivia Dredge.
Students and Mrs Potter embarked on a bus journey down to the Citic Pacific site, 100 kilometres southwest of Karratha. The mine site is the largest magnetite mining and processing operation in Australia. The use of traditional open pit mining techniques is used to excavate the ore, then put through a rigorous beneficiation process, producing a high grade, premium magnetite concentrate for export from purpose-built facilities at Cape Preston.
On arrival at Citic Pacific Mining, students attended a lunch with female employees of CPM and their contractors. Spokeswomen from various industry areas within CPM spoke about their career journeys and their job roles which included being part of a predominantly male working environment. Women spoke about challenges within their working environment and life outside of work. Most women worked a two-week block with one week off and most FIFO from Perth.
After lunch we were taken by bus to the open cast mine site, the tour was extremely impressive. Students were taken aback by the size of the mine, and the trucks mainly driven by women, as well as the work capacity, the process of extracting the ore to the end product. The tour certainly gave our young ladies something to think about in terms of their career path and the various areas / roles that are a necessity, even if they do not sound ‘mining’ related.
We are very grateful to Citic Pacific Mining, specifically Luci Ardagh and her team for the incredible opportunity.
Mrs Carol Potter