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Zimbabwe-born CORALEIGH ABRAMS came to Australia at the age of seven with her sister and parents.

After a three-month stint in Perth, the family transferred to Geraldton where it has stayed since.

Coraleigh has been a painter and has worked in the paint industry for five years before taking up the role as Customer Service Officer in early 2022.

Top of Coraleigh’s priorities recently have been her son Talon, who was born in mid 2021.

“He’s my whole life at the moment.”

Water polo is her other passion ever since she was thrown into the water to play A Grade as a nine-year old — “I was just told to get in and swim”. From there she progressed to the Geraldton team to play in numerous State Country titles and in 2012 she was selected for the Australian Country team that travelled to Hawaii.

In the 2021-22 season, she was elevated to the Geraldton Water Polo Association’s referee panel of the top eight officials. “I’ve only been refereeing two years. I only started because I was pregnant.”

She jumped back into the water in time for the preliminary finals, scoring a staggering seven goals for her Serpents team, sending the side through to the grand final where the team was beaten by B52’s. Her other interests are four-wheel driving, motorbikes and diving for crayfish.

Her motto? “Everything happens for a reason.”

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MICHAEL WILLIAMS, like all the Abrolhos Steel warehouse staff, doubles as a driver and can be seen delivering product all over the Mid-West.

He comes to the company with a wealth of variety on his CV, including greenkeeping, working on drilling rigs searching for oil, and as a BHP storeman.

He made the move from Perth to Geraldton in 2022 and changed his lifestyle.

“I used to crayfish up here with my uncle, who was a commercial crayfisher and has since retired.  They are good people to work for (at Abrolhos Steel); very casual. I love it, living right on the beach, having gained a place at Cape Burney.

“I love fishing, going to the beach, camping and motorcycle riding.

“I’m happy every day when I wake up and Geraldton’s the place to do it, once the wind goes away.”

Michael wants to get a little boat to muck around in, he said. “I like paddle boarding on the river — it’s good exercise — just trying to complete the whole lifestyle. You have got to keep mobile, otherwise you get stale. It’s good to hang around the beach and live the quiet life.”

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ROB ROFFEY — Storeman

Rob arrived at Abrolhos Steel in October 2020, coming from courier driving with GH Country Couriers and before that as a warehouse supervisor for Statewide Steel. Before that he was a storeman for Smorgon Steel (1998), the precursor of Abrolhos Steel. That means he has turned full circle in his career.

“it’s great coming back to the job I knew and enjoyed.

“I enjoy the variety of work we get through at Abrolhos and I enjoy working in a field I’ve been in since way back in 1998.”

Rob has been heavily involved with the firefighting scene. “I’ve done 15 years as a volunteer firefighter and I’ve also been involved with the Batavia Coast Miniature Railways.

“My father used to work on the G Class locos at Midland Railways as a boilmaker and he now owns a miniature G Class that can be seen puffing along the tracks every first Sunday of the month at the Railways’ headquarters in Spalding Park.

“When I’m not doing that I’m out fishing and spending a bit of time with my wife, Dawn.”

 

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LORNA WAIDE is a Customer Service Officer and has always been involved with admin, accounts, sales and being a general office allrounder.

Born in Port Hedland, she stayed there for 20 years and then spent 20 years in Darwin before shifting to Geraldton in early 2021. It was a chance to be closer to family and have a “seachange”.

“I’ve been struggling with the heat as it’s hotter here than in Darwin. In Darwin, it rains all the time and everything’s air-conditioned. The rain comes in mid-afternoon and cools everything down.
In her time in in Darwin, she worked several stints with a steel company with the last three years in the industry.

In her spare time, Lorna likes to spend time with her dogs — Honey and Pippa — who are chihuahua crosses — and cat Enjay. “They were all rescued from the RSPCA in Darwin.” She also likes to watch movies and read. I just like to chill out.”

On Geraldton, she said: “It’s a life change. I live on a semi-rural block with plenty of space and no neighbours. It’s nice to be closer to family. Darwin is so far away from everybody. I also have close family in Perth.”

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Originally from Pemberton, Customer Service Officer JACQUI CAMP has been a Geraldton resident for 13 years, following her husband to the town.

She has spent 25 years in childcare and three years with IGA before taking up the Abrolhos Steel role in February 2022.

“It’s always interesting, learning something new and dealing with different people of all backgrounds.”

Jacqui likes nothing better than spending her free time in the wilderness, fishing, camping and prospecting for gold, mainly in the Cue area.

“It doesn’t bother me (if she finds gold or not), as long as I can sit by a campfire and have a can in my hand. It’s more about the enjoyment of being outdoors. Just spending time out, is what it is all about.”

Her background is in farming and her relatives are still in the Pemberton area, growing cattle, spuds, onions and pumpkins. It’s good to go and see them from time to time.”

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United States Navy man TIM BYRON found love in Geraldton.

Tim met Valerie while disco dancing in the Sunseeker Hotel in 1983 and the rest is history, taking her to his native Minnesota in USA for a year before returning to live full time in Geraldton.

“We only knew each other for seven days before we decided to marry.”

Tim came to Abrolhos Steel in 2021 after stints in traffic management and wholesale food. His first job in Geraldton was gained within seven days of returning — with Ken Pepper at Young Motors — and since then he has done stints with  Schweppes at Wilson Soft Drinks; then went into the traffic management industry and wholesaling food at Tip Top Bakery.

“I’ve always liked family companies and I decided to quit management and come here. Phil (Martin) swept me off my feet. I think he’s very family-oriented, not corporate. Everyone enjoys being around each other.”

Tim is into soccer and was president of Batavia United for many years, after being on the Geraldton junior soccer committee.

His other past-time is singing. “I have sung at weddings, funerals, carols by candlelight, and even karaoke. My other passion is cooking.”