Happy Birthday, Mick...

Abrolhos Steel Warehouse Manager Mick Rock celebrated a significant birthday on March 22 with a delicious morning tea. Sorry if you missed it. Mick's speech, as usual, was brief and just thanked his Mum and Dad.

Phil Martin inducted
as Rotary President

Newly inducted Geraldton Greenough Rotary Club president Philip Martin is looking for an injection of youth and more women into the organisation.

The Abrolhos Steel owner, a member of the club since 2001, said it was time for a younger cohort to put hands up to boost the ranks.

“There is a certain responsibility to the community, especially in these tough coronavirus times, a time that has seen some businesses go out of business while others have struggled to survive.

“That in turn has meant less focus on the community, which we serve.

“The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster a variety of ideals, including developing acquaintances; high ethical standards in business and professions and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world of fellowship.

“This is what attracted me to Rotary and I trust it will give meaning to many younger people, as they navigate their careers in our wonderful community,” he said.

Mr Martin started his journey in Rotary when invited to be a leader, guest speaker and motivator at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in the late 1990s.  His initial move to Geraldton in 2001 continued his “fantastic journey of fellowship where hopefully I can continue to make a difference in the community where I reside”.

“I promise you an equally rewarding journey and we welcome all younger businesspeople to come along and experience the community service and camaraderie we enjoy,” Mr Martin said.

If you are interested in being part of this fun, dynamic and interesting group of individuals whose goal it is to make our community and the world a better place, give Peter Svensson a call on 0429 621 012.

Regional Run...

Every Wednesday, Abrolhos Steel is doing a steel delivery run to the towns of Mingenew, Morawa, Yalgoo and Mullewa. We will also drop at farms along the way as long as you are within 25kms of our route. Give Casey, Garry or Katrina a call on 9935 9160

for more details, or email



Sheet metal at just $9.90 a linear metre for Zinculume, Corrugated and Trim Deck. 

All cut while you wait.

Abrolhos Steel has now partnered up with Metwest Steel and is now your supplier for all Lintels, T Bars and Structural Steel.

Phil's Phamous...

It's proof that what we have been talking about all the time is absolutely true — Phil Martin is Hall of Fame material.

Not just any Hall of Fame, but the Rottnest Channel Swim Hall of Fame!

Phil was inducted on February 3 into a small band of elite swimmers who have challenged the odds and conquered the crossing their way.

Phil? He created a record that few will try and better and that is to swim the 20km butterfly. Yes, that awkward stroke that hurts the back and numbs the brain.

Phil challenged the odds because he had a bet with a mate, saying: "anyone can swim. I can even do it butterfly. The die was set and Phil had to eat his words and as part of the challenge, he had to consume a pint of Kilkenny and eat a Mrs Mac's curry pie at the halfway point!

Nearly 10 hours later, Phil crawled up the beat at Rotto a very saw man.

That was in 2001 and he has made the crossing many more times in and out of the water.

Phil recently related his experience on Perth  and Geraldton's radio stations.

Pop into Abrolhos Steel and help Phil celebrate.

Trucking On...

Abrolhos Steel has recently taken possession of a new truck for its expanding business.

The UD was bought from WA Truck Centre, which has a Geraldton branch so it can be serviced locally. 

In keeping with dealing almost exclusively with local businesses, Abrolhos had the tray body manufactured at D-Trans, also in Geraldton.

This allows Abrolhos Steel to provide additional services, such as moving cars and equipment — for just $120 per hour.

Abrolhos Steel owner Philip Martin said: “Dealing locally is part of our ethos and we wish to provide services to local businesses and the public at competitive rates.” 

Philip gave the basic truck to Darryl Bell and Doug Ireland at D-Trans and it arrived before Darryl had designed the tilt tray.

Doug was quick off the mark in producing a design.

“We’re motor body builders and do truck fit-ups after getting the prime mover from the factory. We’ll put extra fuel tanks, turntables, fifth wheels, guards, lights and even a tilt slide tray like the one for Phil.

“We’ll build whatever, as long as it’s practicable to do. We are heavy vehicle modifiers and do basically anything on heavy vehicles.

“We build semitrailers and top decks — one-offs and two-offs.”

Darryl Bell has been in the business since 1980 and took over the company in 1999 with wife Susan and Doug and Maree Ireland.