Central Queensland Resource and Construction Industry nominate local businesses and individuals to win Industry Awards

INDUSTRY in Gladstone will come together and celebrate the contribution of individual businesses and the central Queensland supply chain at the GEA Gala Dinner and Industry Awards next week.

Held at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre on October 12, directly following the GEA Major Industry Conference on the same day, the GEA Industry Awards are presented to individuals and businesses in the central Queensland resource, industrial and construction sector who demonstrate quality, leadership, innovation and exceptional customer service in their work.

GEA CEO Carli Homann said the awards are designed to celebrate the success of the central Queensland supply chain.

“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 to keep this momentum of success going,” Ms Homann said.

The 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; however, in 2017 there are no nominations for the Industry Hall of Fame.

“We received a really broad group of nominations this year that truly represent the diversity of central Queensland’s supply chain,” Ms Homann said.

“The nominees for the Forty Calis and Wayne Peachey awards include individuals and businesses involved in safety management, construction, heavy lifting, fabrication, equipment hire and industrial painting. I would like to congratulate all the nominees as there is certainly some tough competition in central Queensland.”

The nominees are:

Wayne Peachy Memorial Award

David Nunn – High Risk Solutions


From a very early age David has been a business natured man. Growing up in his family owned bait and tackle business, David always wanted to have his own business one day.

David is family man, with a beautiful wife and 2 young children. His entire family has been extremely supportive of his business accolades since commencement of High Risk Solutions in 2012.

David is heavily involved in the local community:

             President of the South Gladstone Rotary Club

             Sponsor of many local community events (Gladstone Amateur Boxing, Women that Fish, Bella the Brave)

David’s life Motto “Failure is not an option”

Michael Young – Youngs Building Contractors


Youngs Building Contractors (YBC) is one of Gladstone’s most recognised and reputable construction companies specialising in industrial maintenance, capital works and commercial builds.

Their services are tailored specifically for the Gladstone region and their experience draws on over 66 years servicing the Gladstone community. As a fourth generation construction company Director Michael Young has continued to grow and expand the company by building on the strong business foundations laid before him by: John Young & Sons, George W Young & Sons, and R & J Young Building Contractors.

John Young & Sons expanded into Gladstone in 1949 with George Young at the helm. George played an integral part in rebuilding much of Gladstone after the cyclone of 1949 ravaged the city. 

Col Kennedy – Lee Crane Hire


Starting his working career as an apprentice spray painter in Brisbane, Col came to Gladstone in 1988 as a trainee rigger with Clyde Riley Dodds (later becoming Clyde Babcock Hitachi) as a construction worker at the Gladstone Power Station (NRG).  After the completion of NRG, he moved with Barclay Mowlem to the construction of Tarong Power Station near Kingaroy and then onto Mackay with Barclay Mowlem where he remained for 10 years.  In this time, he obtained a Franna ticket as well as Workplace Health and Safety Officer qualifications and began a role in a supervisory capacity.

With the construction of the Callide C Power Station at Biloela, Col moved again with Barclay Mowlem to Biloela and remained with them to the completion of Callide C in varied roles including WHSO.  Having previously lived in the Gladstone area and now living in Biloela, he decided Gladstone was where we wanted to live and commenced work with Lee Crane Hire in 2000 – 2001 as Rigger and Franna Operator.

The opportunity to advance his career was offered by Greg Lee (owner of Lee Crane Hire) and he gained his Open Crane Operator licence and moved into the role of Workplace Health and Safety Officer, also completing his Certicate IV in Training and Assessment.  Following these qualifications he obtained his Escort/Pilot Licence.  In 2012, he was offered the Area Manager position in the Gladstone Lee Crane Hire depot. 

Forty Calis Memorial Award

Anthony Groen-Int-Woud - Multitrade Building Hire


Anthony Groen-Int-Woud was born in 1981 Gladstone. His parents Barbara and Peter established Multitrade Building Hire in 1979 supplying the industrial and mining sector with transportable buildings. Garnering his fundamentals in a management position at Multitrade in 2006 Anthony went on to accept the role of company director in 2009.

Anthony believes strongly in the value of consistent engagement with the community and clients acknowledging the role relationships play in providing comprehensive solutions to industry projects. Anthony attributes much of the success of the business to a principle that his father would regularly instil, “You either innovate or evaporate”.  Multitrade’s commitment to innovation and quality is highly respected across the industry sectors, winning the work and admiration of tier 1 clients throughout Australia.

His leadership provided the agility to expand within a dynamic industry environment that is prone to constant change.

Brett Morrison – Paint Place Gladstone


Brett Morrison has worked in the Paint Specialist retail industry for nearly two thirds of his life. 2017 marks his 30th anniversary working at Earle’s Paint & Wallpaper, Earle’s Paint Place and now Paint Place CQ.

His career started as shop assistant at the Earle’s Paint store in High St, North Rockhampton and Brett worked his way up to become General Manager of Paint Place CQ in 2015.

Since his movement into management, the CQ region has seen hard times with the collapse of the mining boom and subsequent job losses. To survive through these times and remain a focussed and positive leader has been challenging, but Brett has shown strength and dedication throughout, always ahead of the game, looking for new opportunities and diversifying.

Today, he is responsible for running a total business with revenues in excess of $15 million and employs 33 staff.  Brett is also on the board of Directors for Paint Place Group of Stores and is instrumental in helping to determine the business strategy to ensure the profitable growth for the 115 members within the Group.

Michael Stephen – Score Brisbane (Gladstone)


Michael moved to Gladstone with his wife and two children in 2013 to set up the Score Brisbane Gladstone operation. When he arrived the site was just a block of land and through hard work and determination including the support of other Gladstone businesses he built Score Brisbane Gladstone to what it is today. Within the facility the business employs 38 personnel including apprentices in conjunction with local Tafe colleges.  Since 2013 Michael has mentored and managed in excess of 20 trainees several of whom are now key members of the team and travel to Score Brisbane Gladstone Global locations to assist with work scopes.  Core to their business is the support of local companies of whom Michael has formed strong relationships during his time in Gladstone.

Michael’s long lasting contribution to Gladstone won’t be the buildings but the development of Gladstone’s young up and coming engineers/technicians who he has mentored at Score.

The 2017 GEA Gala Dinner and Industry Awards, Thursday, October 12, at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre.


Picture: Michael and Joanne Young.


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