Addiction to industry recognised at 2018 GEA Industry Awards

FOR Robert Clements, being a project manager for Gladstone based engineering firm Xtreme Engineering is about getting the job done but what he doesn’t publicise is his addiction of getting the job right.

“It’s an addiction to get in and win a project and make it successful for both the client and my employer,” he said.  “The way I work for Xtreme Engineering is as if I own the businesss.”

Mr Clements commitment to his trade, job and employer goes beyond a pay packet and is more about passion than anything else which is why he has now been recognised with a nomination for a 2018 GEA Industry Award.

“Mr Clements along with another five outstanding businesses and individuals who work within the Engineering, Manufacturing and services sector have been nominated for the 2018 awards,” GEA acting chief executive Julie Gelder said.

Ms Gelder said the GEA Industry Awards are presented to individuals and businesses in the Central Queensland industrial sector who demonstrate quality, leadership, innovation and exceptional customer service in their work.

“Our local businesses have coordinated the delivery of word class industrial projects and we want to promote the capabilities of these businesses and their leaders,” Ms Gelder said.

“The awards are about showcasing and celebrating quality local businesses that make up the industrial supply chain across Central Queensland.”

The GEA Industry Awards are made up of three separate categories: the Forty Calis Memorial Award, the Wayne Peachey Memorial Award and the Industry Hall of Fame. This year’s nominees include individuals and businesses involved in engineering and manufacturing, environment and safety management, construction, fabrication and surveying.

Another nominee for a GEA Industry Awards is Site Skills Training Operations Manager Central Queensland Nicola Curtis.  Ms Curtis started with Site Skills Training late last year after successfully managing her own safety consultancy business for the past six years.

In the last 12 months Ms Curtis has restructured the Site Skills Training team, revamped facilities, reengaged with industry and primary business partners and gained considerable market share by expanding the company’s geographical foot print.

“The role is a combination of everything I have done in my sector from working in the primary industry and industrial and manufacturing sector to mining, oil and gas,” Ms Curtis said.

“The position has given me the opportunity to combine all my skills in to one little neat process with incredible corporate support and an amazing team.”

The nominees are:

       Wayne Peachey Memorial Award:                         Forty Calis Memorial Award:

•       Nicola Curtis (Site Skills Training)                   Leonie Anderson (Vision Environment)

•       Darren Humphry (D&S Supplies)                     Robert Clements (Xtreme Engineering)

•       Paul Van Meteren (CQ First Aid & Safety)       Ben Costello (VAC Group)

The GEA Industry Awards will be held at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre on October 11.  The awards will be presented at the annual GEA Gala Dinner & Industry Awards, following the GEA Major Industry Conference, presented by Aestec Services, on the same day.

GEA Major Industry Conference, Gala Dinner and Industry Awards tickets can be purchased on the GEA website at

Pictures: Xtreme Engineering project manager Robert Clements.  

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