Congratulations to Sue Mills from Bendigo East, who has been named 2020’s exceptional woman in Victorian resources.

As someone who has worked in the mines, I have an insight into the industry and its challenges.

Sue began her career as a furnace melter in 1993. She then became a metallurgist before become the first permanent female shop floor manager at the steelworks.

Sue is now the processing manager at Kirlkand Lake Gold’s Fosterville mine, which is north-east of Bendigo in my electorate of Northern Victoria.  Sue is responsible for overseeing all operations and maintenance on the mine’s surface.

As the mining workforce becomes more diverse, women are making their mark across the spectrum of mining jobs.

Sue says that uniting teams and being authentic is key to leadership.  This award is a reflection of how well she meets these challenges.

This award will now progress to a national event later this year. Congratulations Sue and thank you for your hard work and leadership in this important industry.