Time’s up

Loved chap­lain leaves Dampier

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

A chang­ing of the guard has oc­curred for sea­far­ers com­ing into Dampier, with long-serv­ing Sea­far­ers Cen­tre chap­lain Ian McGil­vray call­ing time and a new har­bour mas­ter at the helm of Dampier Port.

Mr McGil­vray will leave Dampier this week af­ter 13 years in the port town, bound for Queens­land.

He said it had been won­der­ful to call Dampier home and watch the port ex­pand over his ten­ure.

“It has been a priv­i­lege and a joy, and of course I will miss those things, but it doesn’t mean wher­ever I’m go­ing I won’t be able to be in­volved in a dif­fer­ent way,” he said.

“I am go­ing into re­tire­ment from paid work, which means there’s plenty of work out there to do and I’ve al­ready been asked to be in­volved in the Port of Bris­bane in an hon­orary ca­pac­ity, so that’s where I’ll be head­ing.

“Good­ness knows what’s around the cor­ner — isn’t that the beauty of life?”

Step­ping into his shoes will be Jake De Salis, who has moved to Dampier with his wife and chil­dren to take up the chap­lain’s po­si­tion.

Mr De Salis said it would be im­pos­si­ble to fill his pre­de­ces­sor’s shoes, so he in­stead wanted to beat his own path in his new hometown.

“We live in a re­ally big coun­try with lots of dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties and we thought this was a big op­por­tu­nity, so why not have a go?” he said. “We’re in Dampier which is a lovely small com­mu­nity, and I think we can get to know just about ev­ery­one here.”

In the port of Dampier it­self, new har­bour­mas­ter Vikas Ban­gia has taken over from Gavin Gi­blett.

Mr Ban­gia said the size of the port made it a big change com­ing from Broome to Dampier.

“To give you an idea, there are roughly 17,000 move­ments (a year) in this har­bour,” he said.

“I think it’s a priv­i­lege to work with an author­ity like Pil­bara Ports Author­ity.

“I would like to ac­knowl­edge the hard work Gavin has done, but I have been given the re­spon­si­bil­ity to take the port for­ward, so I look for­ward to work­ing with all the pro­po­nents.”

Mr McGil­vray said he was con­fi­dent the sea­far­ers com­ing into Dampier had been left in safe hands with Mr Ban­gia and Mr De Salis.

“I once com­mis­sioned a ship, I took it out of the dock, and you know when you get to a cer­tain stage you need some­one to take it over, and I think that is what has hap­pened here,” he said.

“Vikas will take the port fur­ther than Gavin has and Jake will take the Sea­far­ers Cen­tre fur­ther than I have.

“We need peo­ple to take things into the future.”

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

In­com­ing chap­lain Jake De Salis, Pil­bara Ports Author­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive Roger John­ston, Port of Dampier har­bour­mas­ter Vikas Ban­gia and out­go­ing chap­lain Ian McGil­vray.

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