Coincidentally, her first role in the Power team is a secondment to Snowy Hydro – an energy generator and provider, and the operator of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. She adds, “This secondment has meant a move back to Cooma in Southern NSW where I grew up. Having seen the positive impact the project has had on the region as the lifeblood of the community for many years, it’s been exciting to head home.
“Since it began in the 1940s, the Snowy Hydro Scheme has been an icon for multi-culturalism, something that I’m really passionate about.”
Active in promoting engineering as a diverse and inclusive profession, Dulani believes that more needs to be done to promote the technical side of the industry to women. “Our Power team is well balanced in terms of gender, especially in the technical field, but this is not the case across the entire business or indeed across the industry,” explains Dulani.
“I believe there are barriers to entry for women in engineering or STEM more broadly. Having spent a lot of time working with industry groups such as NAWIC, the Property Council of Australia and volunteering in a program called Robogals, I believe the solution starts in schools.
“We need to better focus our efforts on creating an appealing pathway for women into engineering. It always surprises me to hear that a lot of school-aged children have no idea what engineers do!”
2020 is set to be a milestone year for Dulani. In bring in the New Year, Dulani will be jetting off to Sri Lanka to get married. Once she returns, she is planning on getting back into Netball and Dance, two activities that had to be put on the back burner while she focused on work and study.
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