Retirees reunite for nostalgia-filled luncheon
MORE than 100 Queensland Alumina Limited retirees gathered yesterday for a luncheon celebrating decades of service and friendship.
Now in its 25th year, the QAL Retirees Club still meets regularly for company-sponsored lunches, morning teas and excursions.
Vice-president Ross Maudsley was once a laboratory supervisor and retired from the alumina refinery in 2010 after working there for 33 years.
"The club is basically in recognition of all the previous employees and the contributions they've made to QAL," Mr Maudsley said.
He met Glenn Cosgrove in 1978 when both men worked as technicians in the same department.
They are still good friends after 40 years.
Mr Cosgrove, who is the grandfather of 11-year-old Mt Larcom chicken fashion entrepreneur Max Cosgrove, said he remembered the good times at work.
"Ross was working down in the field, the same time as I was," Mr Cosgrove said.
"I used to do all the the work and he used to come down and have a look around.
"They wanted to get the laziest person there to be the supervisor so we nominated Ross."
He said he appreciated the chance to see his co-workers after so many years.
"I got a great shock out of seeing an old friend who used to be a real big chubby guy when he was a crane driver, but he's skinny as a rake now."
Mr Cosgrove said he now lived out of town and rode horses.
"Ross squashes horses, if he sat on a horse he'd just squash it."
The event's most recent retiree, Chris Murchie, said joining the club when he retired in 2016 was an obvious decision.
Having worked at QAL for 41 years, Mr Murchie said retirement was a difficult transition.
"After working for so long it isn't easy to take, it's always hard," he said.
"But once you're over the fence, it's good."