Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Racing and Gaming

    Employers in the State’s south supporting emergency services volunteers

    12/11/2021 4:00 PM
    • ​Employers in the State's south honoured at Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards
    • Nominations across Western Australia up significantly on last year

    The commitment of employers in supporting staff to volunteer for Western Australia's emergency services has been celebrated at the annual Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA).


    24 businesses, organisations and self-employed volunteers from Boddington to Esperance were recognised at the 2021 VERA ceremony in Bunbury today, with overall nominations increasing by more than 20 per cent on last year. 


    Albany-based T&C Supplies received a Distinction for Outstanding Support, which acknowledges the long-standing support of businesses and organisations receiving their fourth VERA.


    The hardware business was nominated for demonstrating strong community spirit in the Great Southern by actively encouraging employees to volunteer, supporting fundraising activities and providing a meeting place for the local Bush Fire Brigade.


    More than 80 employers across the State received awards this year, with the surge in nominations following several significant emergency incidents including the Wooroloo and Red Gully bushfires, Tropical Cyclone Seroja and severe flooding throughout the State. 


    Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby:


    "Emergency services volunteers have committed around 120,000 hours to their roles this past year, and that would not be possible without the support of their employers.


    "We can't predict when disaster will strike and that is why the flexibility and commitment of these employers to their volunteering staff is so important.


    "These awards recognise the valuable contribution of employers throughout WA and I thank and congratulate the VERA recipients for helping create a safer State."


    Recipients being recognised at today's Bunbury VERA ceremony


    4 GiantsBunbury
    Australia PostBusselton Post Shop 
    Balingup Welding and Civil Balingup
    Bonissimo Coffee Bunbury
    Bunbury Hospital
    Burger Baby Margaret River
    Clearline CommunicationsBunbury
    Clifton Motel Bunbury
    HTE TransportPicton
    McColl's Transport Harvey
    Nicholls CoachesNarrogin
    PathWest Laboratory Medicine Western AustraliaManjimup
    Premier CoalCollie
    Shire of Harvey
    Shire of Narrogin Narrogin
    Source Kitchen Pemberton
    South Bunbury Education Support CentreBunbury
    South East Fire and Safety Pink Lake
    South32 Worsley AluminaBoddington
    Southern Ambience Bridgetown
    St Vincent de Paul Society Manjimup
    T&C Supplies *Albany
    Water CorporationWarren-Blackwood District


    * Recipient receiving a Distinction for Outstanding Support


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