#Asbestos – On the 19/6/18 – The ACV/GARDS girls traveled to The Gordon TAFE in East Geelong to deliver an asbestos awareness session to Painting & Decorating apprentices. Great interaction & involvement from all the apprentices – thank you for sharing your stories and experiences – thanks to Alf for arranging the session and helping out with the slides -Terrific bunch of apprentice tradies now Asbestos Aware! – Look forward to meeting more apprentices at Geelong in Nov/Dec – see you then
31/5/2018 – It is with deep regret that we say goodbye to one of the good guys – Terry Miller OAM former President of the Asbestos Victims Association of SA passed away surrounded by his family. Terry had severe Asbestosis that he contracted working at the James Hardie pipe factory in Elizabeth West South Australia – conditions at the factory were awful according to Terry and he described coming home covered in asbestos dust, which stuck to his clothes, skin and hair. We first met Terry with the start of the James Hardie campaign back in 2004 – by then Terry had been a part of a small group that formed AVA in 2000. Our friendship grew over that time and we formed a strong bond that lasted the test of time. Many phone calls – many meetings and a lot of good will from our friendship with Terry and the AVA gang saw us united in changing the face of asbestos in Australia. Terry devoted himself to helping others as he knew only too well what this disease could do to you. He was a true blue Aussie and we will miss him very much. Our sincerest condolences go to his family, his children, Karen and Scott, two grandchldren and two great grandchildren. Terry may you RIP, your struggle is over mate and you did mighty effort. It was an honour and privilege to have known you and call you friend.
We were sad to be advised of Jock’s passing earlier this year, but feel very privileged to have known Jock and been able to spend time with him.
Jock visited us here in Gippsland in 2005 to hear our stories on asbestos and how it affected our community and the workers who were exposed to asbestos in our power stations and of course their families. Then later that year Vicki Hamilton CEO/Secretary travelled to Redfern in Sydney with Jock to catch up and visit with the last remaining families of those who were related to the 300 mine workers that made a living from the Baryulgil James Hardie Asbestos Mine. The plight of the asbestos mine workers, near Grafton was first broadcast on the ABC program called Broadband 30th of Sept 1977 by our other dear friend, Matt Peacock, who won second prize in the Sir William McKell award for environmental journalism. The programs were a part of an overall series on occupational health called “Work As a Health Hazard” designed to increase public awareness of the dangers, which are ever present at the workplace. Jock was always trying to help those who were marginalized in communities and this was just another story of workers exploited by companies – Jock had seen this sort of treatment to workers all over the world with asbestos and other mineral mining.
Vicki stated that she was very pleased to meet Ted Mundine, Elsie Gordon, Rita Freeburn, Lily & Chicka Madden and their granddaughters to hear their stories and to try and help where we could. It was a pleasure to meet such stoic people. For many years after that meeting we kept in touch.
Please read the attached Tribute to Jock McCulloch compiled by Gill Nelson – Editor-in –Chief, Occupational Health Southern Africa
23/5/2018 ACV/GARDS girls traveled to Leongatha Lions Club to speak with 26 of their members & make them asbestos aware – great bunch of members who made us feel very welcome – terrific questions – great night with much chatter around asbestos issues. We were very happy to meet everyone, we were asked to stay to dinner, which, by the way was absolutely scrumptious – thank you to all the Leongatha Lions Club members – pictured here are some of those happy members
Today 16/5/2018 ACV/GARDS CEO – Vicki Hamilton was at AGL Loy Yang Power Station with 2 of our International 1st year medical students from Monash University Gippsland campus. These are 2 of the 4 four students who are with ACV/GARDS for 40 hours each to learn more about what we do in our org and how we support people who seek our help and our community connections. Today the students were with some terrific AGL employees who very obligingly gave the students a tour of their work place with a comprehensive look around the mine & a walk around the power station from the top to the bottom – just as well neither of them was scared of heights lol – thanks to all at Loy Yang who arranged this and made it happen – the students had a great day and learnt so much about the power industry – they have lots of info and a real concept of how big power stations are and the people who work in them. Again we thank management and staff for giving them an experience they won’t forget.