New facilities open for IWD

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NYRSTAR Hobart has opened its new female changehouse facility, designed to cater for the increased number of women working across the Lutana zinc works.

The new changehouse has been purpose-built to provide modern amenities for staff, including 100 lockers, eight showers and toilet facilities.

Work on the $695,000 project began in March last year and was completed just in time for International Women’s Day 2023.

Georgia Thomas from Nyrstar said the company has seen a 40 per cent increase in female employees over the past 12 months, and the investment in the changehouse followed an increase in the number of female employees working in production areas.

“At Nyrstar we know that having a diverse workforce is a key part of how we will continue to provide metals the world needs for coming generations,” Ms Thomas said.

“Previously, there were five change facilities for females across the site of varying location and quality and we have traditionally only had small numbers of female employees.

“This new changehouse will provide a centralised and purpose- built facility to accommodate the recent growth in women employed at Nyrstar Hobart as well as the females we look forward to joining our team in the future.

“We’re looking forward to having more females onsite and we hope these facilities will help us recruit and retain talented women.”

Minister for Women Jo Palmer MLC officially opened the new facility on 7 March.

“It is really pleasing to see a strong local employer like Nyrstar Hobart building infrastructure designed to increase female representation and participation in the workforce,” she said.

“In the lead up to International Women’s Day this is a genuine example of one of our state’s iconic industries putting important infrastructure in place to increase diversity and create better facilities for its people.”

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