March 15, 2021

EnergyAustralia recently welcomed rugby league legend and proud Aboriginal man, Preston Campbell, to its Mt Piper power station.

Head of Mt Piper, Greg McIntyre, said Preston visited the power station in line with his efforts to remove the stigma surrounding depression, and as part of EnergyAustralia’s safety, health and wellbeing program.

“There are many aspects to Preston – he’s an NRL legend having played 274 games and won an NRL premiership, and a Dally M player of the year medal. He’s a proud Aboriginal Australian and he’s someone who’s experienced depression firsthand,” said Greg. 

“We thank Preston for sharing his raw and honest account with us and for discussing the support EnergyAustralia provides anyone who may find themselves in the same position.”

Preston explained that he was given support through his club, similar to the EnergyAustralia wellbeing program, Spark, and the confidential service available to all employees and their families.

Preston also shared insight into his Aboriginal culture with the Mt Piper team as part of EnergyAustralia’s Reconciliation Action Plan, that’s aimed at increasing engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

 “This session was really a two for one, with time spent learning about the fantastic Preston Campbell foundation, which works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to help reach their potential.

“We’re proud supporters of Preston’s work within different communities and we appreciate the time he spent sharing aspects of his culture with us,” said Greg.

During his time in the Lithgow region, Preston Campbell also visited students at Portland Central School, as well as local traditional owners.