Governor-General visits Port Kembla SteelworksWednesday, October 16, 2019
Their Excellencies General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and Mrs Linda Hurley were hosted by John Nowlan, Chief Executive Australian Steel Products and employees on a visit of the Port Kembla Steelworks.
The Governor-General’s connections to Wollongong and the Steelworks go back a long way. He grew up in the area, went to school nearby, and his father worked at the Steelworks. He recalled visiting his father at work, going on school tours and, later in life, inspecting the Steelworks as part of Australia’s industrial capacity while at The Royal Military College, Duntroon. His visit brought back many memories, but the advances that have been made in manufacturing, such as the level of automation, gave him confidence in the capacity of the Steelworks, the steel industry and the capability of the workforce today. He thanked employees for producing a quality product, and for their contribution to the Steelworks as a vital national asset.
The Governor General and Mrs Hurley were in Wollongong to attend a Mental Health in the Workplace luncheon in support of One Door Mental Health. Speaking to employees before the event, the Governor-General recognised that we are much more aware of mental health issues in our community today, and that there is no embarrassment and no shame to put your hand up for help. He also noted that it is better to get well - for you, and your colleagues. ‘Working at the Steelworks is a risky business, if you are not on song you create risk for your colleagues and yourself, so put your hand up.”