Ports Australia has recently showcased the amazing ways our ports have adapted to life with COVID19. The purpose of Ports Australia’s campaign was to explore how the ports have adapted in ways other than implementing more stringent physical safety and hygiene measures.
After all, health is more than just hygiene, Coronavirus or not. The campaign showed how ports were just as focused on the mental wellbeing of staff, as well as keeping their workforce and communities socially connected. COVID-19 doesn’t just pose a threat to physical health and safety. It has kept scores of workers operating from home, it’s forced tough decisions to be made by governments to disallow shore leave for seafarers, it’s cancelled events ordinarily held by ports which foster strong relationships with surrounding communities.
Thankfully, our ports value keeping their workforce and surrounding communities closely connected, even if it means having to get creative. Ports Australia CEO, Mike Gallacher is proud to represent an industry which cares for its workforce and surrounding communities. ‘With the Australian supply chain being so complex and integral to Australian life, it can be easy to focus too much on how we keep it running instead of focusing on the people keeping it running,’ Mike said. ‘These innovative projects are the ports’ way of saying “if you can’t bring the workers to the port, take the port to the workers!”
‘We’re incredibly proud to represent the Australian ports as they go above and beyond while continuing their essential role despite the challenges of COVID-19,’ Mike said.
Source: Ports Australia