Members of the the AVBFB Executive joined Commissioner Darren Klemm, Hon Adele Farina and many other tonight, Friday 9 November in the City of Busselton’s Undalup Room to recognise and celebrate some of the wonderful businesses that support our incredible Volunteer Bush Fire Service Members across the South West and Lower South West.

19 awards were presented to Employers and Self Employed businesses in recognition of their support of emergency service volunteers, each being presented with a framed certificate and trophy.

To provide some background, the following descriptor was included in the Awards Ceremony booklet


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Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards

More than 25,000 volunteers in Western Australia help the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and the community to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Their assistance would simply not be possible without the valuable support of employers from across all sectors of the business community.

The DFES Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA) acknowledge the valuable and often unnoticed contribution of employers in their support of the fire and emergency volunteers.

These employers not only allow their employees to volunteer, they also provide flexible working arrangements and a supportive environment.  This generosity allows volunteers to take time off work, often at short notice and sometimes for extended periods of time.

The contribution of employers and self-employed volunteers cannot be underestimated and deserves formal recognition through these awards.  This recognition helps to raise public awareness of the key role they play and thanks them on behalf of volunteers, the community and State Government.

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Recipients will be presented with a gold, silver or bronze award depending on the level of support provided to volunteers and the associated contribution to the community.

It is acknowledged that the level of employer support for staff who are emergency services volunteers can vary depending on the business imperatives.

Since the inception of VERA in 2009 more than 700 businesses and self-employed volunteers have been recognised.

The winners were:

Gold Awards

Burger Baby – Margaret River

Nominated by Rosa Brook Bush Fire Service member Richard Maroney

 

Cape Naturaliste Computers

Nominated by Department of Fire and Emergency Services Area Officer Andy Thompson

 

Coles Margaret River

Nominated by Witchcliffe Bush Fire Service member Kevin Tutty

 

Dunsborough Electrical Service

Nominated by Department of Fire and Emergency Services Area Officer Andy Thompson

 

M and E Walker Fencing

Nominated by Balingup Bush Fire Service member Tyler Winter

 

Shire of Augusta-Margaret River

Nominated by Margaret River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service member Garth Baxter

 

Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes

Nominated by Bridgetown Bush Fire Service member Chris Sousa

 

Sugar Chef Patisserie – Broadwater

Nominated by Department of Fire and Emergency Services Area Officer Andy Thompson

 

Super Cheap Autos – Busselton

Nominated by Department of Fire and Emergency Services Area Officer Andy Thompson

 

Woolworths – Bunbury Forum

Nominated by Bunbury State Emergency Service member Aaron Hunter

 

Woolworths – Collie

Nominated by Bunbury State Emergency Service member Robert Rowlands

 

Wurth Australia Pty Ltd

Nominated by Department of Fire and Emergency Services Area Officer Andy Thompson

 

Silver Awards

Bannister Downs Dairy

Nominated by Northcliffe Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service members Glynne Jones and Colin Griffiths

 

Cape Wools Pty Ltd

Nominated by Department of Fire and Emergency Services Area Officer Nathan Hall

 

Shire of Donnybrook

Nominated by Balingup Bush Fire Service member Tyler Winter

 

Bronze Awards

Bridgetown High School

Nominated by Department of Fire and Emergency Services District Officer Leon Gardiner 

 

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Parks and Wildlife Service – Warren Region

Nominated by Department of Fire and Emergency Services District Officer Leon Gardiner

 

Drift Cafe

Nominated by Department of Fire and Emergency Services District Officer Leon Gardiner 

 

First National – Margaret River

Nominated by Witchcliffe Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service member Trudy Thompson

 

For the 2018 VERA Awards there were a total of 51 Gold Award recipients, 35 Silver Award recipients and 16 Bronze Award recipients.For the full list of recipients please refer to the following link:

https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/newsandmedia/awards/pages/verpawards.aspx 

 

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