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Women working in the resources sector in Rockhampton, Moranbah and Blackwater will learn how to become more financially secure during workshops to be held next week.

Helen Baker author of ‘On your own two feet – Steps to Women’s Financial Independence’ will help women to safeguard their financial futures.

The free roadshow is supported by the Queensland Resources Council, Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ), Aurizon, Thiess and Wesfarmers Curragh.

It will be launched in Rockhampton on Tuesday, December 1, by QRC’s Manager Gender Diversity Caroline Morrissey.

“Financial security and access to high-paying careers, such as those in the resources sector, are important elements in the drive toward gender equality,” said QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche.

“That’s why we encourage the attraction and retention of women in our resources sector through our Women in Resources Action plan.

“Since 2006 when it began, the proportion of women in male-dominated occupations in our sector has increased from 6 percent to 13.5 percent, and we’re aiming to reach our target of 20 percent by 2020.

“There is plenty of evidence that diverse workforces are more productive and innovative and result in a higher return on investment, while financial security is vital if women find themselves suddenly without their partner or have to flee from the scourge of domestic violence.

“As Helen would say, a man is not a financial plan.”

The roadshow will continue in Blackwater on December 2, and Moranbah on December 3.

Free private sessions are also available with Helen. For bookings go to the QRC website at www.qrc.org.au and click on events

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