Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and ICT; Medical Research; Volunteering

    Employers celebrated for support of emergency services

    7/11/2022 2:35 PM
    • Nearly 60 groups and individuals honoured at Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards
    • Three organisations received a distinction for outstanding support

    A host of Western Australian employers have been recognised for their generous support of emergency services volunteers.


    The Department of Fire and Emergency Services Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA) acknowledge businesses that go above and beyond to provide flexible working arrangements, enabling their staff to respond to emergencies during work hours.


    A total of 58 businesses, organisations, and self-employed volunteers from across the State were celebrated at the 2022 VERA ceremony.


    Three nominees - the City of Gosnells, Central Park Tower and Office National Broome - received distinctions for their outstanding support, which are awarded to businesses and organisations receiving their fifth VERA.


    The City of Gosnells was honoured for continually backing five employees who regularly attend emergencies, not only in their local government area but across the State.


    The property management team at Central Park Tower received a distinction for its continued support of volunteer bush fire brigades. For 14 years, Central Park Tower has provided staff with flexible working arrangements, paid leave to attend incidents, and donations of office furniture and equipment. 


    Office National Broome was recognised for its support of its volunteers for the past 15 years, which includes providing a company vehicle to enable them to respond promptly to incidents and allowing them time off from work to attend training.


    A second ceremony will be held in Albany later this month for Great Southern-based VERA recipients.


    Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "Congratulations to the 56 Western Australian businesses and organisations recognised for their invaluable support of emergency service volunteers.


    "I'd also like to acknowledge the two self-employed volunteers who received VERAs for sacrificing day-to-day business needs to keep their communities safe.


    "Every year more than 26,000 emergency services personnel volunteer their time across the State and many of them couldn't do this without the support of their employers.


    "On behalf of the McGowan Government, congratulations and thank you for your support that helps keep the WA community safe."


    Minister's office - 6552 5800


    2022 VERA Recipients


    Award type Business name Region  
    VERA AFGRI Equipment Australia - Wongan Hills Goldfields Midlands 
    VERA Australian Laboratory Services Goldfields Midlands 
    VERA Northern Star Resources - Kalgoorlie Operations Goldfields Midlands 
    VERA W Gibbs & Son  Goldfields Midlands 
    VERA Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting - Air Services Australia, Broome Kimberley 
    VERA Department of Communities - West Kimberley District Kimberley 
    VERA West Kimberley Regional Prison Kimberley 
    VERA Derby District High School Kimberley 
    VERA Derby Post Office Kimberley 
    VERA Derby-Fitzroy Valley Health Service  Kimberley 
    VERA Fitzroy Crossing Hardware Kimberley 
    VERA Horizon Power - Broome Kimberley 
    Distinction for Outstanding SupportOffice National Broome Kimberley 
    VERA WA Country Health Service - Kimberley Region Kimberley 
    VERA Elliott's Small Engines Lower South-west 
    VERA Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Office of Digital Government Metro north coastal 
    VERA Dorsett Retail - Electsales Metro north coastal 
    VERA Iona Presentation College Metro north coastal 
    VERA Mental Health Commission - Office of the Commissioner Metro north coastal 
    VERA Piacentini & Son - Gingin, C Crew Metro north coastal 
    VERA Railtrain Holdings Group - RMC Rail Services Metro north coastal 
    VERA South Metropolitan Health Service - Peel Health Campus Transformation Metro north coastal 
    VERA The Artisan Co. Metro north coastal 
    VERA Autism Association Metro north-east 
    VERA Belenus Metro north-east 
    VERA C.H. Robinson - Perth Metro north-east 
    VERA GR Engineering Services Metro north-east 
    VERA K&S Freighters Metro north-east 
    VERA MMA Offshore - Subsea Services Metro north-east 
    VERA Salini Impregilo-NRW Joint Venture, Forrestfield Airport Link Project Metro north-east 
    VERA TechBrain  Metro north-east 
    VERA AFGRI Equipment Australia - South Guildford Metro north-east 
    VERA (self employed) A-Class Mechanical Services Metro south coastal 
    VERA Aurizon - Kwinana Depot Metro south coastal 
    VERA Goodstart Early Learning - WA Centre Support Office Metro south coastal 
    VERA Public Transport Authority - Transwa Reservations Team Metro south coastal 
    VERA Airwise Engineering Metro south-east 
    VERA Carnac - Project Delivery Services Metro south-east 
    Distinction for Outstanding Support Central Park Tower Metro south-east 
    Distinction for Outstanding Support City of Gosnells Metro south-east 
    VERA Delta Drone International  Metro south-east 
    VERA Hydrobiology Metro south-east 
    VERA Jim's Tree & Stump Removal - Kelmscott Metro south-east 
    VERA Kennards Hire - Midland Metro south-east 
    VERA Lycopodium Metro south-east 
    VERA McIntosh & Son Metro south-east 
    VERA Penske Australia - Perth Branch Metro south-east 
    VERA Service Stream Maintenance - Incident Response Service Metro south-east 
    VERA SETS Enterprises Metro south-east 
    VERA Snappy Gum Heritage Services Metro south-east 
    VERA Tip Top Bakeries – Canning Vale Metro south-east 
    VERA ZELVi Equipment  Metro south-east 
    VERA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Midwest Gascoyne 
    VERA (self employed) Piper Lane Café Midwest Gascoyne 
    VERA Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation - South Hedland Pilbara 
    VERA Pilbara Meta Maya Group of Companies Pilbara 
    VERA Water Corporation - Commercial and Industrial Services Pilbara 
    VERA Bunnings - Australind South-west