October 26, 2003

Alcoa celebrates the first 40 years in Western Australia

To celebrate 40 years as part of the West Australian community, Alcoa hosted past and present representatives, Government and  community partners at Kings Park function centre in Perth.

More than 200 guests attended the event. Special guests included long-standing employees of Alcoa with up to 40 years service, former Alcoa Directors Sir Arvi Parbo, Sir Lindesay Clark Sir Laurence Brodie-Hall and Philip Spry-Bailey, the Executive Vice-President of Alcoa Inc and Group President of Alcoa Primary Products, Mr John Pizzey and his successor Mr Bernt Reitan, the current West Australian Premier, the Hon. Geoff Gallop and former Premier of Western Australia Sir Charles Court and Lady Court.
The Deputy Premier Eric Ripper and Ministers Clive Brown, John Koebelke and Sheila McHale also attended the event, as did the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Clive Brown and State Parliamentary members Kate Doust, Mark McGowan, Aurthur Marshall and Tony Dean. 
In addition, the Federal Member for Perth Stephen Smith, the Right Worshipful Mayors of Kwinana and Rockingham, the Deputy Mayor of Cockburn and the Shire President of Waroona local Members of Parliament, City of Greater Geelong councillors, members of Point Henry’s Community Consultation Forum and Environmental Improvement Plan Committee, neighbours, sponsorship partners, education and training partners and other industries helped Alcoa celebrate.
Alcoa World Alumina Australia’s Managing Director, Wayne Osborn hosted the evening that he said celebrates “the 40th anniversary of an enterprise borne of visionary leadership, nurtured by hard-work and innovation and no small measure of hope and optimism.”
He said that the celebrations were an opportunity to “recognise and thank a broad spectrum of people who have been integral to that success,” and he paid special homage to Alcoa employees who had personally shared the last 40 years with Alcoa’s Western Australia operations - Joe Fulgaro, Ben Farrell, Ivor Stockwell and Rodney Cummings.  
The keynote speaker for the evening was the Western Australia Premier, the Hon. Geoff Gallop.  The Premier spoke about Alcoa’s current role in the Australian community stating that “Alcoa’s role model as a good corporate citizen is admired by many people in business and the wider community.”
The Premier concluded with a look at Alcoa’s future in Australia saying that “(if) life begins at 40 … then Alcoa has a great future in Western Australia – a future that is filled with promise.”  
Other guest speakers on the night included Sir Arvi Parbo who reflected on Alcoa’s origins in Australia and congratulated the Board and the management and all the people in Alcoa of Australia throughout Alcoa’s operations in Australia and on this, the 40th anniversary of Alcoa supplying aluminium to the world.  Mr. John Pizzey, Executive Vice-President of Alcoa Inc and Group President of Alcoa Primary Products also spoke about the opportunities for Alcoa’s growth within Australia.  
The vision for growth in Australia is one which is strongly supported by Alcoa’s current Managing Director, Mr Wayne Osborn who said that the founders of Australian operations guide Alcoa’s aspirations for the future, with a vision to invest the resources and effort required to continue at the forefront of aluminium technology and production worldwide.