A Day with the Secretary

Charlie Payne is an Environment Graduate currently based at the Berry to Bomaderry M1 Princes Highway Upgrade with Roads and Maritime Services.

On 8 February 2019, Charlie spent the day shadowing Rodd Staples on his regional visit to Wollongong following a schedule likened to that of the Royal Wedding.

What was the day like?

First up was a visit to Woonona station where a safety event was being held for school aged children who regularly commute to and from school using the train.

Then we went to a meeting with Sam Knight, Director of Southern Region at the RMS Wollongong office before heading to an office wide morning tea where Rodd said a few words.

Next up we walked across town for a meeting at the NSW TrainLink Office where we joined in on a teleconference with station leaders from across the state before undertaking a tour of the new office facilities.

The final meeting of the day was with at the Sydney Trains Network Base where we spoke with people from both maintenance and major projects.

In reflection, what were the highlights of the day?

Definitely visiting all the different offices for each agency in the cluster. I had no idea that we had TrainLink and Sydney Trains offices here in Wollongong!

Did anything about Rodd surprise you?

Rodd was down to earth and easy to talk to. It was really great to feel like what you say as a graduate is valued by someone in such a senior position. Overall it was an amazing and unique opportunity.

Charlie Payne is an Environment Graduate currently based at the Berry to Bomaderry M1 Princes Highway Upgrade with Roads and Maritime Services.

On 8 February 2019, Charlie spent the day shadowing Rodd Staples on his regional visit to Wollongong following a schedule likened to that of the Royal Wedding.

What was the day like?

First up was a visit to Woonona station where a safety event was being held for school aged children who regularly commute to and from school using the train.

Then we went to a meeting with Sam Knight, Director of Southern Region at the RMS Wollongong office before heading to an office wide morning tea where Rodd said a few words.

Next up we walked across town for a meeting at the NSW TrainLink Office where we joined in on a teleconference with station leaders from across the state before undertaking a tour of the new office facilities.

The final meeting of the day was with at the Sydney Trains Network Base where we spoke with people from both maintenance and major projects.

In reflection, what were the highlights of the day?

Definitely visiting all the different offices for each agency in the cluster. I had no idea that we had TrainLink and Sydney Trains offices here in Wollongong!

Did anything about Rodd surprise you?

Rodd was down to earth and easy to talk to. It was really great to feel like what you say as a graduate is valued by someone in such a senior position. Overall it was an amazing and unique opportunity.

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