Scot MacDonald
15th Apr 2018

Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC has been successful in having a Notice of Motion unanimously passed by the State’s Upper House honouring Comsteel on its 100th year of operations.

Upper House MPs voted to acknowledge the “outstanding contribution of Comsteel to the State and nation's economy and its iconic status in the nation and region's manufacturing history”.

Since 1918, Comsteel has been developing and innovating new products to meet the needs of the Australian rail and heavy haul industry and was first formed to address a threat to railways, the backbone of the nation, by providing essential maintenance supplies during a time of global in security;

“I congratulate the company on its amazing resilience, surviving over its 100 year period the Great Depression and global economic turmoil, the impact of World War and significant changes in the competitive markets” Mr MacDonald said. 

“The Company’s initiatives and innovative ways to overcome such tribulations, ensure operations and maintain employment for so many people is amazing and extraordinary story”.

The Centenary celebrations were launched at Comsteel's Waratah site earlier this month and were attended by Mr MacDonald, Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp, Member for Newcastle; and Sharon Claydon, Federal Member for Newcastle.

“To think that today, Comsteel is now the only Australian manufacturer of rail wheels for passenger, locomotive and heavy haul trains and has trained and employed thousands of men and women over the many decades certainly shows its tenacity” Mr MacDonald concluded.

The Resolution of the Parliament can be viewed at: