Green Triangle Timber Industry Award winners

Jessica Douglas accepting the Sawmilling and Processing Excellence Award on behalf of Clayton Thompson alongside Richard Redman and Elise Gordon. PHOTO: Georgia Paige Photography.

THERE were lots of smiles at The Barn Palais on Friday night when the Green Triangle Timber Industry Award winners walked the stage.

Clayton Thompson, an electrical technician, received the award for Sawmilling and Processing Excellence due to being known across OneFortyOne for going the extra mile to succeed and always working alongside the engineering team to ensure the best outcome is achieved.

Matt Tilby, of Merrett Logging, received the Operations Harvesting and Infield Chipping Excellence award after beginning his career in 2019 with no prior experience.

Mr Tilby is an operations manager and has since streamlined the process of collecting digital data from operators to ensure daily records are accurate and ensure communication with customers.

In field chip and harvester Leigh Hein received the Operations Silviculture and Timber Support Services award due to his expertise with machinery which allows him to share knowledge from a different perspective and provide a greater insight as to what is expected from daily maintenance.

Graham Earl, of Moreland Holdings, received the Logistics Excellence Port Operations, Marshalling and Timber Haulage award after becoming the first driver of the first road train in the Moreland Holdings fleet in 2018.

Mr Earl was selected due to his exceptional skills and problem solving abilities.

Maddison Bowen, of Teagle Contracting, received the Trainee award after completing Year 12 in 2020.

Ms Bowen demonstrated a sound understanding of her role early in her traineeship and has since added many tasks to her portfolio including being embedded in the company’s occupational health and safety program, training new staff and providing technical support and mentorship to team members.

OneFortyOne’s Belinda Williamson received the Environment and Sustainability award for her work as the on-site environmentalist.

Ms Williamson was at the forefront of successful implementation of a new controlled water dosing system which treats trade discharge water from the site prior to entry to SA Water systems, something which is unique to OneFortyOne.

Reid Logging received the Safety Excellence award for less than 30 staff with no lost time injuries or medical treatment injuries for more than 23 years.

The business remains proactive in highlighting potential safety matters and places an emphasis on logging safety and environmental matters, all of which were further improved, and demonstrated that employees working less hours improved employee welfare, site productivity and gave employees a work-life balance necessary to manage busy lives.

The Safety Excellence award for more than 30 staff was won by NF McDonnell and Sons which is now one of the largest supplier of industrial grade softwood timber used in packaging components and for landscaping markets in the nation.

The company has embarked on a concerted effort to ingrain safety as a core dimension of its business with initiatives such as surveys, an annual safety month every October, guest speakers and more.