Westfund Health Insurance, a BCCM member, last week paid tribute to its rich and proud history while also welcoming a prosperous and innovative future with the opening of the ‘King Building’ – the fund’s new home office administrative headquarters in Read Avenue, Lithgow.
Former Prime Minister and current Member for Warringah Tony Abbott was guest of honour for the event and was welcomed by Westfund CEO Grahame Danaher and members of the Board of Directors, as well as around 70 staff.
Mr Abbott was joined in the list of official guests by Member for Calare Andrew Gee, Lithgow Mayor Stephen Lesslie, a number of local councillors and Council acting general manager Andrew Muir along with other industry dignitaries at the private event on Thursday.
Westfund CEO Grahame Danaher spoke to the fund’s commitment to its proud history in Lithgow and investment in its expanding staff and reach across NSW and Queensland while giving the opening address. He put forward the fund’s strong position on regional support and advocacy while also referring to its proud history as a mutual organisation founded on self-help and community.
A book detailing the organisation’s long and proud history was also launched. Written by Harry Knowles, Greg Patmore and Mark Westcott, ‘Health Insurance in Regional Australia: The History of Westfund’ chronicles the fund’s establishment as a regional success story based on its foundation forged on the principles of mutualism tied to Lithgow’s rich industrial heritage.