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Coal trading downturn sparks greater innovation says WDS Energy Drilling

ECONOMIC pressure on Australian coal companies is actually sparking greater innovation within local service industries, according to WDS Energy Drilling & Completions.

Innovation comes into play with coal industry seeing a slowdown. Image: Tourism Queensland.

WDS's general manager, Declan Rooney said the mining business landscape was undergoing enormous change because of cost pressures, but that was turning out to have a longer term effect on sustainability.

"Australia's coal industry is doing it tough and controlling costs is a top priority but there is a silver lining," Mr Rooney said.

"Miners are looking for integrated suppliers in a highly competitive market so service industries and contractors are becoming more efficient and productive.

"We have responded with the introduction of our Earth to Energy concept which offers a whole suite of world-class services, allowing them to focus on their core business."

The company has trademarked its Earth to Energy concept, which focuses on listening to customers and partnering with them to come up with cost-effective services that do not sacrifice quality, according to Mr Rooney.

"For example, we have recently introduced new drilling technologies, a seismic service and reviewed our cost structures to make sure we're supporting the miners during this tough time."

Operations manager Doug Henderson said WDS Energy Drilling & Completions found adaptation was the key to dealing with a soft market.

"Our drilling business works closely with other parts of the WDS Limited group providing pipelines, fabrication, gas drainage and field services to make sure we can offer our customers a one-stop shop," Mr Henderson said.

"We have to be able to support projects from feasibility stage through development, production and site rehabilitation.

"Value for money is more important than ever but that's pushing contractors to be astute and inventive."

WDS is an Australian integrated provider of specialist development, design, engineering, construction, fabrication and maintenance services to the resources and infrastructure sectors.


On fire: Dayshelf is Australian SME trainer of the year

SMILES LIT UP the faces of the Gold Coast-based Dayshelf Fire Systems team when they were announced as the Small Employer of the Year at the Australian Training Awards in Perth last week. The accolade highlighted Dayshelf’s unique training program and commitment to apprentices.

From left are Adam Lansdown and Darren Taylor celebrating Dayshelf’s Australian Training Awards win.


The business, which was established in 1980 and is run by three generations of the Taylor family, has developed its own training matrix to skill staff in the niche fire services industry. About one-quarter of Dayshelf's employees are trainees.

Dayshelf Fire Systems is now one of the largest independent fire protection services companies in Queensland, with a staff of 40 and more than 800 clients across the commercial, industrial and residential sector, predominately in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Dayshelf won the award, which recognises small enterprises that have achieved excellence in the provision of nationally recognised training to employees, ahead of Tasmanian company, Roadways, and Western Australian business, Barber Drilling.

Dayshelf Fire Systems chief operations officer Darren Taylor said it was a coup for the company to be recognised on a national level.

"To be named Australia's best small business trainer, against so many great companies right across the country, is a real achievement and recognition of the work we've put in over three decades to develop our training system," Mr Taylor said.

"The fire services industry is quite niche and there are no specific school or colleague based pathways into this area, so we developed our program to ensure our staff are always at the forefront of latest best practice.

“Fire protection systems have grown in complexity with changing industry standards, so we are focused on ensuring the knowledge of our team members increases in-line with this too.

"We have our own system that tracks and maps the training and licensing of all our staff to ensure we always deliver the highest possible standard of workmanship, giving clients the confidence their building is compliant.

"This awards process has really highlighted to us as a company just what we have achieved through this training program."

National Fire Industry Association of Queensland executive director Wayne Smith congratulated Dayshelf on its commitment to continued business improvement.

"Our mission is to partner with members like Dayshelf to build a better industry through training, quality and professionalism," Mr Smith said.

"Dayshelf is a living embodiment of this. At National Fire Industry Association of Queensland (NFIAQ), we believe by growing the character and performance of our industry, all our members, their customers and the industry as a whole win."

Dayshelf Fire Systems' commitment to training has seen the company achieve significant growth over the last 30 years, from an organisation started by local City Councillor Paul Taylor, to a company delivering large and complex projects.

It is now managed by Cr Taylor's son Darren, his grandson Zane Taylor as chief financial officer, and nephew Adam Lansdown as the director of projects.  Three employees have been with the company for more than 20 years and many others more than five years.

Dayshelf has grown from selling and servicing fire extinguishers and fire hose reels to installing and servicing fire protection systems, from water based systems to electronic and alarm based systems.




Super Retail Group establishes transformative new $75m warehousing hub

INVESTA LAND has started work on a $75 million Super Retail Group (SRG) warehouse distribution facility at its New Base Business Park at Brendale, north of Brisbane.

Super Retail Group's brands, such as BCF and Supercheap Auto, will move into a new era of distribution throuygh a state-of-the-art new hub north of Brisbane.

SRG CEO, Peter Birtles, said the new facility was part of the group's ongoing expansion, with the goal of becoming one of the five largest retailers in Australasia, taking in brands including Supercheap Auto, Rebel, BCF, Amart Sports, Ray's Outdoors and Goldcross Cycles. About 220 people will be employed at the completion of SRG's 50,000sqm facility.

"We are pleased to make this investment in Brisbane's northern corridor, which will generate growth opportunities for SRG and our associated businesses and partners," Mr Birtles said.

"Investa has been highly supportive of our expansion needs and we look forward to further strengthening the relationship across our operations."

Peter Birtles, Super Retail Group CEO.

About 400 jobs will be created during the construction and fitout at New Base Business Park.

The 10.5 hectare site on which the SRG hub is located has been acquired by Washington H. Soul Pattinson & Company's Australian Logistics Property Fund, which will build, own and manage the facility.

Welcoming the development, Investa Land CEO Cameron Holt said it marked a major milestone for the 85ha master planned estate, which was quickly becoming a key part of the industrial market on Brisbane's northside.

"Super Retail Group is one of Australia's top 10 corporate retailers, with its leading brands including BCF Boating Camping Fishing, Rebel and Supercheap Auto," Mr Holt said. "Since its founding in 1972, the Queensland-based group has grown to become a leading specialty retailer with operations in Australia and overseas.

"Importantly, the group was established in the same area by Reg and Hazel Rowe and we are very proud to welcome it back, at Investa's premium fully serviced business park."

Brendale's largest industrial development, the strategically located business precinct is the main industrial node servicing north Brisbane.

The site is situated within 24km of Brisbane Airport precinct and the CBD and serviced by three major arterial roads in the second-fastest growing council area in Australia, Mr Holt said.

Justin Sherlock, the development manager for New Base Business Park, said the site was perfectly suited to transport, logistic and retail distribution users such as SRG.

 "SRG is a perfect anchor tenant and demonstrates New Base's ability to attract blue-chip companies," Mr Sherlock said.

"New Base is rapidly becoming the industrial location of choice on the northside, with its range of flexible space solutions for smaller firms to major international businesses."

Super Retail Group is a Queensand Leaders partner, the orgnaisation fostering the next generation of leading companies headquartered in Queensland. Mr Birtles is also a Queensland Leaders board member.


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