31 May 2023

More than 100 years of service is being honoured with North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) naming its new assets after long-serving staff members.

NQBP Financial Reporting Officer Debbie McDonald and Weipa Port Supervisor John Clark have had first-strike oil response vessels named in their honour. Additionally, a maintenance truck has been named after Port Service Worker Greg Steward.

NQBP Acting Chief Executive Office Belinda Kenny said the trio have amassed an impressive 103 years of service.

“We know our success is achieved through the support and commitment of our people, port partners, customers and port communities,” Ms Kenny said.

“It is fitting we name the assets after long-serving staff members who have contributed a significant part of their lives to helping our ports operate safely and efficiently.”

Mrs McDonald, who said she was humbled by the move to name a vessel in her honour, shared her favourite memories at the Port of Mackay.

“Over my 43 years in the finance team, I have been involved in exciting major projects that have changed the look of the port like the construction of the grain terminal, wharf five, the workshop complex and the new southern breakwater to name a few,” Mrs McDonald said.

“I feel privileged every day to work at the port that has been a large part of the Mackay community and economy. The view of the water and the people are pretty special as well.”

Mr Clark credits his love for the people, the bush, family connections and the western Cape lifestyle as the secret to his 20 years with the company.

“The people are lovely to work for. I couldn’t have had a better set of bosses,” Mr Clark said.

“My office in Weipa is about 20 metres from the water and there’s a nice southeast breeze all year round – it’s a pleasure to come to work.”

Mr Steward said his proudest achievement since joining the Port of Mackay four decades ago is helping train young people.

“There are so many memories but my favourites are from working with a great bunch of people and making life-long friendships,” Mr Steward said.

When asked what he most enjoys about working at the port, he responded, “Working beside the water and no two days are the same.”

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Image: Greg Steward, Debbie McDonald and John Clark have had assets named in their honour recognising their collective century of service.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation contact:

Amanda Blines | Senior Advisor Brand and Communications
0439 703 330 | ablines@nqbp.com.au