Bob Vassie & December Safety First luncheon

The Melbourne Mining Club had another triumphant luncheon this May, at the Melbourne Town Hall. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to keynote speaker Bob Vassie, CEO, St Barbara.

During Bob’s speech, he shared with the room a picture of himself at the Gwalia mine-site, dressed head to toe in his safety attire.  At the time, Bob mentioned that he felt the horizontal reflective stripes on his shirt were not overly flattering and that he really should speak to the team at Hard Yakka to see if they could do something about this.  Lucky for Bob, John Ripani and Caroline Rolleston from Workwear Group were attending the lunch.  Workwear Group design and manufacture the Hard Yakka and KingGee brands and were able to come up with a creative solution to meet Bob’s desire for a new ‘slim look’ shirt with vertical stripes. Whilst Workwear Group have noted that the vertical stripes are non-compliant, the Melbourne Mining Club did want to have some fun and share the photo of Bob wearing his shirt. (see below) We do feel that this design should be named the ‘Vassie’.

Thanks Bob, John and Caroline for being part of the fun and thank you in advance to Workwear Group, part of the Wesfarmers Industrial & Safety, for their generosity and support for our Safety First luncheon later this year, timed perfectly with the Feast of St Barbara – the patron Saint of Miners.