When both her job and her relationship shifted gears, safety advisor Leonnie Taylor found herself at a fork in the road. A friend who worked at MRM as a truck driver suggested she try the mine life.
Now she successfully juggles her family and career and admits it has made them all happier and more resilient than ever.
"The lifestyle of working a fly-in fly-out job has definitely been a challenge—the biggest is family. But now when I'm home I really get to spend quality time with my kids," Leonnie said.
With two teenagers and one younger child, Leonnie turns to social media to keep in contact with them while she is away at work.
"The best invention is Skype because I can talk to the kids face to face," she says.
"It's great for them and so much better than a phone call. Our time apart is just physical because I'm still here for my children whenever they need me.
"What you end up doing is working constructively with your family to make things work. And we no longer take each for granted. I can remember being at home and the kids would just walk in the door and ask what's for dinner before escaping into their own world. It's not like that anymore."
While Leonnie has worked in safety in other industries, coming to work in mining was a whole new world.
"The interaction between massive pieces of machinery and people means we can't be complacent," she says.
"Yes, I sometimes get ribbed by the guys for being tough on them but they come around. I want to go home to my family at the end of my swing and I know those guys do too.
"Now I look back and realise what a breath of fresh air it is working here. It's the best thing I've ever done in my life. I love working here — the people, the great mateship and the challenges of the work."