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CQ’S BEST IN INDUSTRY RECOGNISED DURING PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS TAKING PLACE TONIGHT
FROM a man who helped build NRG to a dad who refuses to fail and a construction worker keeping his family business alive, some of Gladstone’s best in industry will be recognised tonight.
The winners of Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s Industry Awards will be announced tonight at the annual gala dinner.
These are the three finalists for the Wayne Peachy Memorial Awards:
■ David Nunn, High Risk Solutions Watching the day-to-day work at his family-owned bait and tackle business from an early age, David knew one day he wanted to have something of his own.
Now a family man with a wife and two children living in Gladstone, he started up High Risk Solutions in 2012.
When he’s not at work, he’s heavily involved in the community as the president of South Gladstone Rotary Club and through sponsorship of events including Women that Fish, Bella the Brave and Gladstone Amateur Boxing.
His life motto is “failure is not an option”.
Col Kennedy, Lee Crane Hire
Col Kennedy, the area manager of Gladstone Lee Crane Hire depot, has almost 30 years experience in industry ranging from construction to spray painting and workplace health and safety.
He started his career as an apprentice spray painter in Brisbane before moving to Gladstone in 1988 for a trainee rigger position during the construction of Gladstone Power Station.
He then worked on the construction of Tarong Power Station and Callide C in Biloela, taking on varied roles including workplace health and safety officer.
By 2001 he had returned to Gladstone to work, where he remains today at Lee Crane Hire.
Col has advanced his career to become the area manager of the company after gaining his Certificate IV in training and assessment and obtaining his escort/pilot licence.
Michael Young, Youngs Building Contractors
As a fourth-generation company director, Michael Young has grown and expanded Youngs Building, using the strong business foundations laid before him by John Young and Sons, George W Young and Sons and R & J Young Building Contractors.
The company, with more than 60 years experience in Gladstone, is now known as one of the region’s most recognised and reputable construction specialists in capital works and commercial builds.
FINALISTS: (Right) Michael Young, pictured with wife Joanne, (top left) High Risk Solutions’ David Nunn and (bottom left) Lee Crane Hire’s Col Kennedy are the finalists for the Gladstone Engineering Alliance's Wayne Peachy Memorial Award.