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Whitsunday Regional Council scored Employee of the Year and Runner-up Apprentice/Trainee of the Year at the recent 2016 Bowen and Collinsville Business Awards.
Neil Cross was named Queensland Country Credit Union Employee of the Year while apprentice Bailey Widt finished runner-up in the Torgas Apprentice/Trainee section.
Council’s CEO Barry Omundson said the organisation was elated with the pair’s awards which was just reward for their enthusiasm to tackle a variety of tasks.
“Neil has been with Council for 11 years and started back in 2005 as a general labourer at the Bowen Depot before moving into his current role as Property and Facilities Officer.
“During Neil’s time with Council he has looked after the Work Camp Ladies out at the Bowen Airport assisting with upskilling these ladies ready for transitioning back into the community.
“He has also been a key contributor over the long term in Bowen and Collinsville and recently across our entire region managing our multi-million dollar property and facilities portfolio.”
Mr Omundson said Bailey started with Council as an Apprentice Plumber with Council’s Collinsville Depot in 2012 and recently completed his apprenticeship.
“As a result he was successful in gaining permanent employment with Council’s Roads and Drainage team at the Collinsville Depot where he continues to make a positive contribution to the team and community in Collinsville.
“Council is implementing an Organisational Culture Development Program aimed at improving its internal workplace culture and these awards show the quality of our employees as we seek to improve as a team.
“The culture which will be working to create will be underpinned by the core values of accountability, community, trust, unity and continuous improvement; a culture which will empower staff to deliver better outcomes for our community,” he said.