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Holcim, Boral Shine at Gala Awards Ceremony

Boral Australia secured one award and a commendation in another category at the dinner held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on 3 August.  About 200 guests attended the gala ceremony.

Holcim’s Bli Bli Quarry won the Environmental Innovation Award for its installation of an innovative floating flocculation system to treat water prior to release from the site's final treatment dam. It allows access to the quarry pit sooner following large rainfall events.

Holcim’s Beenleigh Quarry also secured the Community Leadership Award for its Cultural Day festivities. The quarry and the Yugambeh people, the traditional owners of the Gold Coast region, celebrated the five-year anniversary of their Memorandum of Understanding with a series of cultural and spiritual events. This relationship over time has resulted in strong community support for the quarry and the broader industry.

Boral Australia received the Health and Safety Innovation Award for its truck body prop at Wacol Depot. The prop supports the raised body of tipper trucks and trailers to allow safe access and eliminate uncontrolled lowering of the truck/trailer body.

Simon Jeffery, the Queensland executive general manager of Boral Australia said: "I am proud of Boral's achievements on how many of our innovative ideas were shortlisted, leading the way for the industry. My congratulations go out to all employees working on improving safety and efficiency in their workplace.”

Jeffery congratulated Greg Baumgart, Wade Clarke and the Boral logistics team for collecting the award in the Health & Safety category.

Baumgart, the Queensland general manager of logistics at Boral Australia, said: “I am proud of the fact that the workshop team identified a risk and collaboratively designed a simple cost-effective mechanism to mitigate the possibility of a tipper bin lowering uncontrolled.”

Jeffery also congratulated Russel Wilson, the Queensland general manager of quarries at Boral Australia, and his quarry team after Boral was highly commended in the Environmental Innovation category for electrical efficiency improvements in its quarry operations that resulted in 13 per cent energy efficiency for a whole year.

Wilson said: “This award is a recognition of the efforts of the whole quarry business across 20 operations and the program leadership by Shailesh Bhatt and Andrew Sheehan in particular. It is a real example of what can be achieved when we are all working towards a particular goal. I am proud of the achievements of the whole team!”

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