Linmac and Bunbury Cathedral Grammar – Rottnest Channel Swim 2005 – 2017
Back in 2005, the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School approached me to assist with their group of students who were participating in the Rottnest Swim. This first team was a team of 4 Boys! Who placed 12th in their category on the day. Since then I have participated in escorting The Grammar teams every year (Except 2009 when the event was cancelled due to weather). The teams over the years have varied between Girls, Boys or Mixed teams in youngest age category allowed in the event.
We had a team of volunteers to crew the Inflatable Rubber Boat and Kayak to run alongside and transfer these swimmers on and off the big boat often challenging for all concerned with unpredictable weather conditions. Greg Bishop and Mitch McCoy have been with us every year to assist and support the School in their endeavors. I can say without hesitation that all involved have found the experience rewarding, especially being a part of the achievements of the swimmers!
Linmac also sponsor the uniforms every year for Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School as part of Linmac’s commitment to community support.
Testimonial from Bob Marshall
Without a shadow of doubt the fantastic experience some 140 students have experienced in competing in the Rottnest Channel Swim would not have occurred if it wasn’t for the unwavering support of people like Lindsay McCoy of Linmac Bearing Equipment.
Lindsay was introduced to our programme in 2005 when we desperately needed a boat and skipper to escort one of teams in the Rottnest Channel Swim. He proved to be an enthusiastic supporter of the concept and over the next 12 years supported the programme by introducing other community members as support crews and sponsoring new ideas like team uniforms for all concerned.
Most of all it was his positive encouragement of the teams under his care each year that made Lindsay one of a kind!
R (Bob) Marshall
Coach and Coordinator Swimming
Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School
“At Linmac we are committed to supporting a diverse workplace with everyone in our team understanding that all people have a unique contribution to our company goals and to the supply of our products and services.“
Part of the initiative to support our vision of diversity is that Linmac are dedicated to supporting and implementing an Aboriginal Engagement Strategy across all of our work fronts. Our aim is to create a culturally aware workspace with an expectation that we will engage and support Aboriginal people into our work environment, providing jobs, training and accepting space for all of our workforce.
We are currently working alongside local Aboriginal Elder for the Noongar community, Dean Wynne, who is a highly respected member of his community and the director of his company, Indigenous Workabout.
Dean’s company, Indigenous Workabout was founded in 2006 in Perth with the intention of mentoring young Indigenous people back into the workforce. Dean is a strong believer in the healing effect of work. He believes that part of the reason for the success of Indigenous Workabout is that strong Noongar role-models are helping Noongar people. He goes “darbakarn” – slowly – with the new workers, allowing them to develop with his strong support and the results have been excellent. Dean and Indigenous Workabout will bring these approaches and values to the relationship with Linmac.
Dean’s role with Linmac is to introduce and recruit Aboriginal people to the company for work placement, with ongoing mentoring and involvement on the progress of his candidates, and feedback to Linmac as to how our work environment accepts and supports this strategy. Dean and his employees have enriched our workplace with Dean currently working on a Cultural Awareness Seminar which it is our aim to have 100 percent of our Permanent staff attend.
“Red Ochre Consulting is currently in a partnering arrangement with the exciting organisation Indigenous Workabout, the brainchild of Dean Wynne. Red Ochre founder and director Adrian Colley says Dean is as a well-respected Noongar man of the Great Southern region, admired for his work as a leader and mentor of Aboriginal people and youth in particular. Dean’s expertise has been noted in his work in Western Australian schools helping and guiding Noongar students and community. Red Ochre believes the work Dean and Indigenous Workabout is carrying out will assist more Aboriginal people into the workforce and be of value to the wider community in general. A good example of this is the arrangement now in place with Linmac.”