A dream come true on the water

A dream come true on the water

  • Published on Monday 17 December, 2012
  • 3 min. to read


MEGT Trainee Matthew Millauro grew up fishing and boating and has turned his life experience on the water into a career through his traineeship. He has done so well, he won the 2012 GTA NSW Trainee of the Year for Transport and Distribution.

Danielle Purcell, the MEGT Consultant who oversaw his traineeship until he qualified, says Mr Millauro was successful in gaining one of the few coveted positions of Coxswain with the NSW Transport Roads & Maritime Services because of his existing experience with boating, including a boating licence he obtained from age 12.

According to Ms Purcell, Mr Millauro won his category at the GTA NSW Awards in October 2012 because he spent the time and took the trouble to ensure his workplace duties and training was accomplished to the best of his ability. Mr Millauro says the key to giving 110% effort is based on doing something he loves.

Matthew Millauro attended Gladesville primary school and Hunters Hill High School and is from the Gladesville area. “I always knew I wanted to do something on the water,” explains Millauro, who even picked sailing and rowing as school sports. Although he just wanted to get out into the workforce, Mr Millauro knew an HSC was going to be his backstop in life in case he ever wanted to further his studies at university.

The discipline of studying has stood him in good stead. He has completed his Certificate III Transport & Distribution, Marine Operations that allowed him to be a Coxswain and now NSW Maritime is sponsoring his Master 5 ticket.

“That will mean I can operate a vessel 200 nautical miles from the coast,” he explains. “We have to be on the water in all weather conditions and night time and on different types of water ways.

“I get to retrieve boats that have sunk, particularly when they come adrift in a storm. In the last storm one boat went straight into the Glebe Island Bridge where manoeuvring is quite tricky. In this situation, I was the skipper and had to maintain proper communication. The challenge of manoeuvring in a tight spot and keeping an eye on tides at the same time meant thinking quickly about each option of approach.

“The long shifts are also a challenge: 6.00 to 6.00 especially in summer when spending all day in the sun can be exhausting.” But it is something Mr Millauro loves and advises everyone starting out in a career to consider their traineeship in a field they are really interested in.

Mr Millauro also attributes his success to being a trainee with MEGT. “I would not have been able to get in and get a job at Maritime without them,” he says.