GEA recog­nises win­ners at Gala and In­dus­try Awards

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ON THURS­DAY night, the Glad­stone En­gi­neer­ing Al­liance held their an­nual Gala Din­ner and In­dus­try Awards.

Nearly 260 peo­ple at­tended the event.

GEA me­dia and event co-or­di­na­tor Kieran Mo­ran said the GEA Awards recog­nised and ac­knowl­edged the hard work and achieve­ments of their mem­bers over the past year.

“We are proud to pro­mote our mem­bers to in­dus­try and to high­light the fact that Glad­stone busi­nesses can com­pete on a global scale,” he said.

“A lot of the work they do is not only at the top of their game but world class.”

Mr Mo­ran said the win­ners of the three ma­jor awards were all se­lected by their peers af­ter three months of vot­ing.

“The Fortey Cal­lis Me­mo­rial Award was awarded to VAC Group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ben Costello,” he said.

“The award was col­lected by Peter Howarth and it recog­nises the achieve­ments of an in­di­vid­ual who has demon­strated an en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit to gain busi­ness suc­cess in the en­gi­neer­ing and sup­port sec­tor.”

The Wayne Peachey Award was won by Paul Van Meteren, di­rec­tor of CQ First Aid and Safety Train­ing.

“This award recog­nises the achieve­ments of an in­di­vid­ual who has demon­strated ex­cep­tional qual­ity in ser­vice or prod­uct,” Mr Mo­ran said.

“It was awarded to an out­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual who has demon­strated the at­tributes of qual­ity, tenac­ity and per­se­ver­ance that make them a role model for ‘qual­ity comes first’ in their sec­tor, who con­tin­ues to be in­no­va­tive and makes a dif­fer­ence un­der ad­verse sit­u­a­tions and en­vi­ron­ments.”

The GEA In­dus­try Hall of Fame was won by Derek Berg from Berg En­gi­neer­ing.

“Derek took over the busi­ness from his par­ents in 2005 and has since trans­formed the busi­ness from a lo­cal com­pany to an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion,” Mr Mo­ran said.

“They have of­fices in Glad­stone and Bris­bane and work over­seas in Sin­ga­pore as well as a num­ber of other coun­tries.”

In ad­di­tion, the GEA handed out two 10-year mem­ber­ship awards to Cor­po­rate Pro­tec­tion Aus­tralia and Glad­stone Draft­ing.

Photo: Ash Murchie, Lu­canna Pho­tog­ra­phy

IN­DUS­TRY WIN­NER: Derek Berg with GEA act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Gelder.

Paul Van Meteren and GEA act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Gelder.

Peter Howarth col­lected the award for Ben Costello from Julie Gelder.

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