Rod ready for new life

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.”

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