Seagulls visit Downer's Newport workshop
L-R: Newport Operations Manager Alistair King (Downer), Kim Kershaw, Stephen Soulsby, Andrew Collins, David Bye, Michael Howlett, Clint Rippon, Jason Reddick, General Manager, Victoria – Rollingstock Services, Simon Phillips (Downer).
Last week members of the Williamstown Football Club joined community partner Downer for a tour of their Newport rail workshop.
Downer has operated out of Newport for nearly 20 years, providing overhaul and repair services for freight and passenger rail fleets across Victoria.
Newport is also home to the High Capacity Metro Trains project that is being delivered for the Victorian Government. The site has a long history in Hobson’s Bay, with manufacturing starting in the 1880s.
“Downer’s Newport workshops are an iconic feature of the Hobson’s Bay community,” Stephen Furlong, Head of Project Management for Downer’s Rollingstock Services, said.
“The tour with our partners from Williamstown was a great opportunity to showcase the work we do on site and strengthen this important relationship.”
Downer entered into a three-year partnership with Williamstown Football Club in 2019, becoming the naming rights sponsor of the home ground and forming a partnership to enhance its contribution to the Hobson’s Bay community.