Rod ready for new life
WHEN Rodney Swan rocked up to work with his old man in the early 1970s the young man could never have imagined he’d be doing the same thing 40 years later.
Mr Swan, more widely known as Swanny, worked with his dad under the trains in his first two years.
“I was unhooking them and dad was hooking them up,” Mr Swan said. “We did that for a while.”
He progressed through different areas of the mill, working both on and off site.
But as the years and decades went by there was one change about the workplace he noticed in particular; the increasing automation of labour.
“Everything’s become a lot more controlled,” Mr Swan said. “Computers are monitoring everything these days.
“It’s a lot more automated now.”
Mr Swan said he had mixed feelings about leaving his job, but said he had a few plans to keep himself busy.
“When you’ve been going to work every day at the same place it’s going to be weird not going in,” Mr Swan said. “I’ll be right though. “I’ve got plans to do a bit of travelling and see a few different things around the place.”