WA businesses recognised for supporting emergency services

  • Record 102 businesses recognised at awards ceremonies
  • 10 per cent increase on last year, including many first-time nominations 

A record number of Western Australian businesses are going above and beyond to support emergency services volunteers, with their efforts recognised at ceremonies held in Perth and Busselton.


This year, more than half of the Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA) winners were acknowledged in the Gold category, with support ranging from paid time off to attend incidents and training, and the donation of equipment and expertise. 


Gold award winner, the Buurabalayji Thalanyji Aboriginal Corporation (BTAC) was nominated by one of several employees who volunteer with the Onslow Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (VFES). The BTAC supports their volunteering efforts with paid time off to attend incidents and community events, paid travel to attend training and financial support for their VFES branch.


Self-employed landscaper, Andrew Alston of Jardinier Garden Care in Carnarvon was also recognised with a Gold VERA for his decade-long volunteering efforts with the Carnarvon and Bridgetown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services.


Mr Alston dedicates many hours away from his business, travelling more than 1,000 kilometres to attend training courses and deployments including the Waroona and Carnarvon bushfires and Cyclone Olwyn.


The full list of the 2018 Gold, Silver and Bronze VERA winners is included below.


For more information about the Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards, visit


As noted by Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:


“Businesses that employ emergency services volunteers, or those who are self-employed, allow us to have fast responses to a wide range of emergencies such as fires, storms, floods, cyclones, vehicle crashes, and land and sea searches.


“Considering that 99 per cent of emergency services personnel in the country are volunteers, it’s essential we have supportive businesses who allow their employees to take time off work to attend incidents, training and community events.


“On behalf of the WA community, congratulations to the 76 employers and 26 self-employed volunteer award winners, and thank you for your support that helps keep WA safe.”



Award Recipient Award Category
Corporate Services 
Airservices AustraliaGold
Shire of BroomeGold
Baler Primary SchoolGold
BHP Emergency Services – Port HedlandGold
Buurabalayji Thalanyji Aboriginal CorporationGold
Exmouth Tackle and CampingGold
NHP Electrical Engineering Products Pty LtdGold
Rio Tinto – Cape LambertGold
Rio Tinto Emergency Services – Robe ValleyGold
Rio Tinto Iron Ore – West Pilbara OperationsGold
Rio Tinto Ports – DampierGold
Ultimate Signs and StickersGold
West Oz Active Adventure ToursGold
North Regional TAFE – Pundulmurra Campus Silver
CMCK ConstructionsSilver
Department of Justice – Roebourne Regional PrisonSilver
Shire of East PilbaraSilver
Specialised Force – Port HedlandSilver
WA Police Force – Pilbara District Training Unit Silver
BHP – Whaleback Minesite Bronze
Midwest Gascoyne 
Horizon Power – CarnarvonGold
Jardinier Garden CareGold
Jurien PlumbingGold
Desert Sands MechanicalSilver
Infinitum TechnologiesSilver
Billy Glover TilingSilver
Trac Building ServiceBronze
Goldfields Midlands 
D & M Hood and SonsGold
D & WD Kelly and SonsGold
Onya Bike RepairsBronze
Perth Metropolitan 
City of JoondalupGold
P&N Bank – Securities Gold
Paull & and Warner ResourcesGold
Dunn Right FencesGold
Shire of MundaringGold
Lance Mobile MechanicsGold
Perth Brake Clutch & and Exhaust SpecialistsGold
Royal Automobile Club WARACWA Motoring – Roadside Section Gold
Stuart’s Handyman ServiceGold
Wright Marine ManagementGold
Water CorporationGold
WA Venues and EventsSilver
Flex Industries Pty LtdSilver
Dalcon ComputersSilver
John the BuilderSilver
Programmed – Facility Maintenance Silver
Royal Australian Navy – Port Services WestSilver
Silver Chain Group – Mandurah Silver
Tigers International Solutions Pty Ltd – Perth International AirportSilver
Fire Rescue Safety AustraliaSilver
Land Surveys Perth Silver
Royal Australian Navy – Training Centre WestSilver
Wirtgen Australia Bronze
Qube LogisticsBronze
Neptune Marine Services – Diving & and ROV ServicesBronze
Unified Integration Australia Pty LtdBronze
John Wollaston Anglican Community SchoolBronze
Adams CoachlinesBronze
Bridgetown Design and PrintGold
Burger Baby Margaret RiverGold
Cape Naturaliste ComputersGold
Coles Margaret RiverGold
Dunsborough Electrical ServiceGold
M & E Walker FencingGold
Naturaliste Hygiene ServicesGold
Shire of Augusta-Margaret RiverGold
Shire of Bridgetown-GreenbushesGold
Sugar Chef Patisserie BroadwaterGold
Super Cheap Autos – BusseltonGold
Walpole Concrete SuppliesGold
Wurth Australia Pty LtdGold
Woolworths – CollieGold
Woolworths – Bunbury ForumGold
Alcoa – Willowdale MinesiteGold
Bannister Downs DairySilver
Diane L Holland Bookkeeping and Administrative ServicesSilver
Cape Wools Pty LtdSilver
Hadley Earthworks Pty LtdSilver
Keidy ContractorsSilver
Manjimup Toyota and MitsubishiSilver
Python Ecological ServicesSilver
Repco – Margaret RiverSilver
Rowe Electrical ContractingSilver
Shire of DonnybrookSilver
Bunbury Jaguar and Land RoverSilver
Collie Senior High School Silver
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and  Attractions, Parks and Wildlife Service – Warren RegionBronze
Drift CafeBronze
First National – Margaret River Bronze
Manjimup Senior High SchoolBronze
Margaret River Senior High SchoolBronze
Bridgetown High SchoolBronze
Great Southern 
Boddington Tyre Service Pty LtdGold
Department of Justice – Albany Regional PrisonGold
T&C Supplies Pty LtdGold
WA Country Health Service – Albany Health CampusSilver
Shire of NarroginSilver

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