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Annual Batchfire awards celebrate employees who go above and beyond

Batchfire hosted its 6th annual Awards Dinner recently at Biloela Civic Centre, celebrating the outstanding achievements of employees who go the extra mile.  

Awards included the coveted Safety and Values categories, apprentice awards, and long-service acknowledgments – the longest being an incredible 48 years! 

“Every year we aim to identify and reward outstanding staff members at Batchfire, and each year we are inspired by the impressive array of nominees,” said Batchfire Resources CEO, Allan Fidock. 

Staff and supervisors were encouraged to nominate workers who go above and beyond, with dozens of nominations coming through in the lead up to the event. 

Judges then whittled down the amazing nominees, selecting winners across Safety, Values, Apprentice and Workpac categories. 

In addition to the awards, various long-serving employees were formally thanked for their enduring commitment to Batchfire. 

Category Winners 

The top gongs, the Safety and Value awards, were carefully judged and narrowed down to just two winners for each category – one for both the Southern and Boundary Hill mine operations.  

Values Award winners, Matthew Francis (Southern) and Charlie Middlebrook (Boundary Hill), were acknowledged for the values they demonstrate and their commitment to consistently doing more than just their outlined role. 

“Both winners perform their jobs to an exceptionally high standard, driving positive values and a can-do attitude throughout their teams,” Allan said. 

“Matthew, who works in our Maintenance department, maintains an exceptional attitude towards safety and productivity, working to offer solutions as both an individual and team player. 

“Our other winner, Charlie, is one of our pump crew operators and consistently performs his duties to the highest standard with an excellent safety record. He has maintained this performance for many years and is an integral part of the team.” 

The Safety Award, which recognizes employees that contribute to a welcoming environment by demonstrating safe behaviors, had a record 13 nominations. 

After much deliberation, Natasha Hutchings (Southern) and Michael Blake (Boundary Hill) were crowned the 2022 Safety Award winners. 

“The Safety Awards are incredibly important to us and are the highest honour at our annual Awards Dinner,” Allan said. 

“Natasha’s commitment to demonstrating safe environmental performance, while also acting as a positive role model, is invaluable. 

“On the mining side, Michael is an incredibly observant ERT member with a keen eye for all things safety, and he’s not afraid to voice his concerns.” 

The following award winners were also announced on the night: 

  • Supervisor’s Choice Award (Apprentice) – Harley Martin 
  • Apprentice of the Year Award – Luke Brouwer 
  • Apprentice Safety Award – Addison Kotz 
  • Workpac Values Award – Sheryl Tranter 
  • Workpac Safety Award – Luke Briese  

Also acknowledged on the night was long-standing employee, Kerry Ferguson, who retired after 48 years of devoted service at Batchfire. 

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