Employers who play a vital role in keeping the community safe by supporting the State’s emergency services have been recognised today at the 2019 Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards.
The awards, in their 11th year, celebrate the invaluable contribution employers make by supporting emergency services volunteers to respond to incidents day and night.
This year 79 employers and self-employed volunteers from across WA received awards that reflected their sacrifices and donations: 38 in the gold category, 29 in silver and 12 in bronze.
Kanny’s Earthmoving of Manijmup received a gold VERA for allowing an employee to use their work vehicle to attend incidents, providing workplace equipment and tools for brigade vehicle maintenance and continuing to pay the employee while he attended training.
Canning Vale’s Camco Engineering also received a gold VERA for supporting its emergency services volunteers for more than a decade, donating materials for a station renovation and undertaking equipment refurbishments for the Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.
The Department of Justice was also recognised for helping a prison officer to attend interstate emergencies as well as supporting local emergency services.
The award recipients employ volunteers from the Bush Fire Service, State Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service, Marine Rescue WA and the State Wide Operational Response Division.
For more information about VERA, visit https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/newsandmedia/awards
As stated by Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:
“The Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards are an important way for us to acknowledge those businesses and organisations who provide the support our emergency services volunteers need to help keep their communities safe.
“It cannot be an easy task to have an employee away from work, but these employers recognise how important volunteering is to community safety and that disasters can strike at any time.
“On behalf of the McGowan Government and the Western Australian community, I would like to thank all of the award recipients for the support they give to volunteers and their individual service with donations to brigades or providing free labour and materials.
“A big thank you also to those self-employed volunteers who close their doors at a moment’s notice to help others as well as donating equipment and resources.
“I am also pleased to see that my other portfolio of Corrective Services has been recognised in the awards for the support they have given prison officers from Wooroloo and Casuarina.
“These officers not only serve the community by maintaining prison security and mentoring prisoners, but they also extend that service by volunteering in our emergency services.
“The contributions made by WA employers who support volunteers help keep our communities safe, and their commitment is a great example to others.”
|Office National Broome||Broome||Silver|
|Town of Port Hedland||Port Hedland||Gold|
|Tan Ninety||Port Hedland||Silver|
|BHP – HV and Power||Newman||Silver|
|Department of Education – Pannawonica Primary School||Pannawonica||Silver|
|Transfield Worley Power Services||Exmouth||Silver|
|Barnes Hydraulic Services||Badgingarra||Gold|
|Gary’s Refrigeration and Services||Carnarvon||Gold|
|Ngangganawili Aboriginal Health Service||Wiluna||Gold|
|Avon Community Services||Northam||Gold|
|Department of Education – Dalwallinu District High School||Dalwallinu||Gold|
|Merredin Glazing Service||Merredin||Gold|
|WA Country Health Service – Wheatbelt region||Northam||Gold|
|JW Cleeland Plumbing and Gas||Kambalda||Silver|
|McIntosh and Son||Wongan Hills||Silver|
|McMahon Burnett Transport||Kalgoorlie||Silver|
|Shire of Northam||Northam||Silver|
|Australian Taxation Office||Northbridge||Gold|
|WA HVAC Pty Ltd||O’Connor||Gold|
|Department of Justice – Wooroloo Prison Farm||Wooroloo||Gold|
|Qantas Line Maintenance Perth||Belmont||Gold|
|Department of Justice – Casuarina Prison||Casuarina||Gold|
|Camco Engineering||Canning Vale||Gold|
|Central Park Tower||Perth||Gold|
|City of Gosnells||Gosnells||Gold|
|Perth Plumbing and Drainage||Koongamia||Gold|
|Alzheimer’s WA||Osborne Park||Gold|
|St John of God Health Care||Osborne Park||Silver|
|CH Robinson||Perth International Airport||Silver|
|Metropolitan Lock Service||Beeliar||Silver|
|Motorola Solutions Australia||Burswood||Silver|
|Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development – Office of the Deputy Director General||Perth||Silver|
|Insurance Australia Group||West Perth||Silver|
|Banyandah Building Management||Rivervale||Silver|
|New Metal Surfaces||Kewdale||Bronze|
|Alcoa of Australia – Huntly Bauxite Mine||North Dandalup||Bronze|
|Temasek Holdings||City Beach||Bronze|
|Walker Newman and Associates||Burswood||Bronze|
|Washtec Australia Pty Ltd||Maddington||Bronze|
|Bayside Plumbing and Gas||Dunsborough||Gold|
|Margaret River Podiatry||Margaret River||Gold|
|PE & KL Bresland||Dunsborough||Gold|
|Donnybrook Farm Service||Donnybrook||Gold|
|City of Bunbury||Bunbury||Gold|
|Simcoa Operations Pty Ltd||Australind||Gold|
|Margaret River Roofing||Margaret River||Silver|
|Mark Roche Farm Services||Pemberton||Silver|
|PJ Local Produce Pty Ltd||Pemberton||Silver|
|Margaret River Vintners||Margaret River||Silver|
|Solahart South West||Bunbury||Silver|
|Busselton Vet Hospital||Busselton||Bronze|
|Great Southern Building Inspections||Denmark||Gold|
|Windy Vines and Grazing||Denmark||Gold|
|Shire of Denmark||Denmark||Gold|
|Best Electrical and Gas||Albany||Silver|
|Department of Education – Esperance Education Support Centre||Esperance||Silver|