DIVISION SIX COUNCILLOR
James Melgert – AKA to all as Wally, has been a member of the AFULE since 2002. His Union involvement started as a member before signing up as Sub Branch President when working at the Emerald Freight Depot.
In 2006 Wally was transferred to his current Depot at Fisherman Islands, were he regularly attended Sub Branch Committee meetings. He stepped up to the position of Fisherman Islands Sub Branch President in 2008. Whilst continuing in the Presidents position he was also nominated as the Proxy Divisional Councillor for Division 6. The sudden passing of Wayne Roebeck during his tenure saw Wally move from Division 6 Proxy Councillor to Division 6 Councillor.
Wally’s Career in the Rail industry started in 1976 as a lad porter at the Indooroopilly Depot. Four years later in 1980 he was relocated to Acacia Ridge Depot in a shunter’s position. When transferred to Townsville Depot in 1982 he was promoted to Shunter in Charge, a position he held until 1989 at the Townsville Depot. After his stint as Shunter in Charge he relocated to Emerald in the position as foreman shunter until undergoing Driver Training during 2001. Wally has been qualified Locomotive Driver for the last 16 years, after being signed off in 2002.
November 2018 will mark 42 years in the Rail Industry; this long serving career gives Wally a wealth of knowledge to draw upon to assist AFULE members with their own Rail Career’s.
Since his time at Fisherman Islands, Wally has always been able to rely on the services of the AFULE State Office to assist him in providing the best possible advice to advocate and represent AFULE members.
Wally can be contacted on 0407 819 011