Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Minister for Environment; Climate Action

    Employers leading the way in supporting emergency services

    5/11/2021 4:00 PM
    • More than 80 organisations honoured at Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards
    • Recipient numbers soar as volunteers and employers offer support following major disasters

    Employers who support staff who volunteer for Western Australia's emergency services have been recognised for their commitment to helping protect local communities.


    More than 80 businesses, organisations and self-employed volunteers from across the State were celebrated today at the 2021 Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA) ceremony. 


    Nominations for the awards increased by more than 20 per cent on last year, reflecting the commitment of many employers during a challenging year in which WA was struck by bushfires in Wooroloo and Red Gully, Tropical Cyclone Seroja and severe flooding throughout the State.


    Three nominees received Distinctions for Outstanding Support, which acknowledges the long-standing support of businesses and organisations receiving their fourth VERA.


    Not-for-profit YouthCARE was recognised for its work in protecting the welfare of its employees, which included post-incident welfare checks and providing pastoral support.


    Two Pilbara-based Rio Tinto sites also received distinctions - the Robe Valley Operations for supplying volunteer firefighters with specialist equipment and the Cape Lambert Operations for fostering a strong culture of volunteering.


    A second ceremony will be held in Bunbury next week for South West-based VERA recipients.


    Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby:


    "We rely on volunteers to help protect communities right across the State, and that would not be possible without the support of their employers.


    "It's especially important to recognise small businesses and self-employed volunteers, who often close their doors during emergencies as they work to keep the community safe.


    "It has been a difficult twelve months, but it is heartening to see such a significant rise in the number of employers supporting emergency services in Western Australia and I thank them for their efforts."


    Minister's office - 6552 6300


    Recipients being recognised at today's Perth VERA ceremony


    ABCO Water Systems Kelmscott
    Anspach Agricultural ContractingWannamal
    Ashmar Nominees Kununurra
    Australian Border Force, Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre  Northam
    BGC Cement ProductionNaval Base
    BHP Emergency ServicesNewman
    Brightwater Care GroupEast Victoria Park
    Bushfire Prone Planning Guildford
    Chevron Australia Safety & Occupational Hygiene Perth
    Department of Communities, HousingBroome
    Department of Justice, East Kimberley Youth Justice Services  Kununurra
    Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Perth
    Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Compliance and EnforcementJoondalup
    EDS Electrical ServiceBarragup
    Engineering Consultants Australia Fremantle
    Exmouth PharmacyExmouth
    Fire Rescue Safety AustraliaPerth
    Flex IndustriesKwinana Beach
    Fortescue Metals Group, Hedland OperationsHedland
    Fremantle Foundry and Engineering Fremantle
    Goodstart Early LearningCockburn Central
    Gyprock Trade Centre Albany, CSR LimitedWelshpool
    Health Support Services, Information and Communication TechnologyPerth
    Heatleys Safety and Industrial, Canning Vale Distribution WarehouseCanning Vale
    Hedland Plumbing Wedgefield
    IGO Limited, NOVA OperationFraser Range
    John Wollaston Anglican Community School Camillo
    Karratha Taxi Trucks Karratha
    Lance Mobile Mechanics Wellard
    Lendlease, Incident Response ServicePerth
    Les Cooke Instruments Co  Welshpool
    Marlee ResourcesMuchea
    Matera Electrical Services, Woodside Karratha Gas PlantKarratha
    QS & TT Tran & Dinh Plantation Carnarvon
    Ray White Bullsbrook Bullsbrook
    Ray White Kalbarri Accommodation ServiceKalbarri
    Response MedicalRockingham
    Rio Tinto, Rail Operations Karratha
    Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Robe Valley Operations *Pannawonica
    Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Cape Lambert Operations *Wickham
    Roar Fitness 24/7 Bibra Lake
    Royal Australian Navy HMAS StirlingGarden Island
    Scouts WA Manjedal Activity CentreKarrakup
    Shire of CarnarvonCarnarvon
    Shire of ChitteringChittering
    Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Medical DivisionNedlands
    South Metropolitan TAFE, Munster CampusMunster
    Specialised Force, Port Hedland Port Hedland
    St Joseph's Primary School, Wyndham Wyndham
    Swan Service Centre Kununurra
    The University of Western AustraliaCrawley
    Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association of WAGuildford
    WA Venues and Events, Perth Concert HallPerth
    Water Corporation, Environment Group  Leederville
    Water Corporation, Bushfire MitigationCanning Vale
    YouthCARE *Morley


    * Recipients receiving a Distinction for Outstanding Support