Introducing Diana Greenup
WIMWA’s newly launched awareness campaign – The other side of FIFO – has drawn on the personal experiences of 32-year-old AngloGold Ashanti Australia engineer Diana Greenup.
The Glen Forrest resident and mum of two small children, represents a growing pool of mums happy to work FIFO in order to spend more quality time with their family.
“I’m lucky because my husband is very hands-on with the kids and was in a position where he could go from FIFO to working part-time,” she said. “It would be impossible for us both to work FIFO, you definitely need the support of your partner.”
Living in the Perth hills, Diana now spends quality time with her family when on break from her current role as Engineer: Planning (Superintendent) at the Tropicana Gold Mine, where she works eight days on and six days off.
“I can help out for six days every fortnight when I’m home and I get to take Lance, my son, to kindergarten,” she said. “I wouldn’t be able to do that in a regular Monday to Friday job. It also means that I can do things in normal business hours which is really handy.
“The FIFO lifestyle certainly works very well for me and my family.”
Women in Mining WA (WIMWA) was founded in 2003 to support women working in the largely male-dominated mining and resources sector.
The other side of FIFO is the organisation’s current awareness campaign which aims to foster a more balanced view of the industry’s Fly in Fly out lifestyle by giving voice to the individuals, both males and females, working in the sector.