22/04/2010 - 00:00

A statement in pink

22/04/2010 - 00:00

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PINK isn’t a colour usually associated with Western Australia’s traditionally male-dominated mine sites. But with about 14,000 Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer each year, mining dump body tray manufacturer Duratray International has gone pin

A statement in pink

PINK isn’t a colour usually associated with Western Australia’s traditionally male-dominated mine sites.

But with about 14,000 Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer each year, mining dump body tray manufacturer Duratray International has gone pink to raise awareness of the disease.

Melbourne-based Duratray this week launched its pink dump truck, which will form part of BHP Billiton’s new fleet of Caterpillar 785CXQ haul trucks at the Worsley Alumina bauxite mine near Boddington, 120 kilometres south-east of Perth.

Duratray managing director Marco Medel said the company wanted to contribute to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) cause and demonstrate its support for the growing number of female workers entering the mining industry.

“So many Australians are touched by this illness and we decided a 150-tonne bright pink truck was a unique way to capture people’s attention and help promote this important cause,” Mr Medel said in a statement.

Duratray also donated $5,000 to the NBCF, which was matched by Worsley.

Boddington mine general manager Richard Carcenac said the growing number of women entering the industry made it important to contribute to the cause.

The Boddington mine currently has 34 female employees, 13.5 per cent of its total workforce. Their roles include mining operator, pit controller, surveying, engineering, technical assistants, human resources, and administration.

Figures from the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy reveal that the industry average for site-based female employees is only 3 per cent.

NBCF chief executive Sue Murray said the continued support from organisations such as Duratray International had allowed the foundation to fund research that has contributed to a decrease in breast cancer related deaths by 27 per cent since 1994.

 

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