Across the company we enjoyed a variety of events to celebrate NAIDOC week 2020. These celebrations help us to demonstrate the importance of our values and weave them into our day to day. Last post, we talked of the importance of our value, RECOGNISE and we are proud of our teams that played their part in sharing information and learning about NAIDOC week. Our Reconciliation Action Plan calls for us to make these sort of opportunities available to our staff and we are constantly looking for ways to combat the logistical issues of FIFO life for our teams.
Starting with one of our Pilbara sites, last week, in support of the client celebrations onsite, our Dampier team attended a welcoming speech from a Ngarluma elder, followed by a flag raising ceremony and finally participated in the client’s NAIDOC Awards. Our Project Manager, Austin Montgomery is proud to report one of our team, Blair Cornish, has won the client’s OH&S Award during NAIDOC week for his quick and safe response to an incident in July. Blair noticed an issue with one of the rail carriages and quickly alerted staff to ensure the incident did not escalate further.
Stopping jobs where there is a safety concern is always encouraged within IMC and reinforced at our Pre Start Meetings, Blair put this to use with no hesitation. In the short time he has been with us, his proactive approach to sharing his knowledge of safety and safe operation of machinery, has earned the respect of all his peers and is a valued member of our team. Blair lives the company values. And we congratulate him for his efforts.
Moving to Perth, our corporate team enjoyed morning tea and a NAIDOC presentation with guest speaker Lawrence Hillary. Lawrence is Director of Countryman Safety who is our preferred PPE Supplier. It was great to hear Lawrence’s story learning about his background and understanding his personal and business journey which has taken him across WA. It is important for our staff to see our Indigenous Business procurement policy in action and Lawrence was able to share with us the positive impact our contract has had on his business.
NAIDOC week is a great time for us to celebrate and reflect upon the work that has been happening across the year within our procurement and employment and training spaces. We look forward to rolling out other initiatives related to our Reconciliation Action Plan in the coming months.