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Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Roughing it for Australia’s homeless

Our CEO, Karl McCarthy, will spend one night out in the cold on the 23 June, as part of the 2016 Vinnies CEO Sleepout. His experience will come without the despair, sadness, violence and isolation that is a daily reality for over 105,000 Australians experiencing homelessness, but we  would be grateful for any donation you can make in support of his participation. All donations will support Vinnies homelessness services.

We were shocked to read these statistics, prompting Karl to sign up for the Sleepout:

  • 60% of the homeless population is under the age of 35
  • More than 17,000 Australian children under the age of 12 have no permanent home
  • Women and girls make up about 59% of all clients who access specialist homelessness services.

Each year Vinnies helps over 1.3 million people, providing warmth and nourishment through beds and meals, as well as education and lifeskills programs to help people break the cycle of homelessness.  They couldn’t provide this assistance without the support from us.

The Ward team would be so grateful if you would support Karl’s participation with a donation, by visiting: https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/ceos/nsw-ceos/karl-mccarthy-ward

Please hold off on any rain dancing until after 23 June, and keep up to date on our fundraising efforts and Karl’s experience by following Ward’s Facebook page.

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WHS Cert IV training

Health and safety take priority at Ward

There is nothing more important than the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff here at Ward. We recently funded 30 of our senior staff (these twelve were the lucky ones to be photographed) to complete the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, enabling them to provide guidance and leadership in WHS matters. It was a significant investment in both time and money, but it adds value to our company and the overall safety and wellbeing of all of our staff.

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Church Point Upgrade

Ward secures multifaceted project along Pittwater’s foreshore

Ward has been selected to carry out the Church Point Upgrade works for Pittwater Council. Ward will deliver a number of major improvements to the area, including the realignment of a section of McCarrs Creek Road, a new single deck car park with 120 parking spots, a new piered seawall, a suspended timber pedestrian boardwalk and improved landscaping aesthetics. This is an exciting project for us, our first for Pittwater Council and a unique contract consisting of marine, civil, road and concrete structure components. Works on site begin in June 2016. Visit Pittwater Council’s website for more information on this project.

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Great Western Highway Safety Upgrade

Project success doubles Ward’s RMS financial level

Well done to the procurement and delivery teams involved in the recent Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) project successes. This has allowed us to double our financial level of pre-qualification with the RMS from $25m to $50m, meaning we are now pre-approved to tender and construct larger (up to $50m) projects across NSW. Along with the R4 (Roadworks) and B2 (Bridgeworks) pre-qualification we hold, this allows Ward to tender and construct complex roadworks and bridgeworks up to $50m for RMS. Pictured here is our current RMS project, the safety upgrade on Great Western Highway, Mount Victoria.

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Ward Asbestos Training

Competency remains high in asbestos handling

Recently a number of staff underwent training in asbestos handling and supervision. The remediation of contaminated sites is one of Ward’s core business activities and as a licensed WorkCover NSW Class A and B Asbestos Contractor it’s important to us to keep our level of competency high, ensuring a safe and healthy site, regulatory compliance, and instil community confidence in the work we do.

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Mount Victoria new site office

New site office offers respite in the mountains

You might spot a new Ward site office along the Great Western Highway in Mount Victoria, Blue Mountains. This is to house our site staff and contractors working on the Mount Victoria Safety Upgrade. In September last year Ward commenced works as part of the $20M RMS project to upgrade approximately 1.6km of the road, east of Victoria Falls Road to Fairy Dell Road. As you can see by the photo, the site team are loving their cosy new area.

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Ward with Kids with Cancer Charity

Charities benefit from redundant equipment

Recently Ward donated $6,000 to three deserving charities. The proceeds came from the sale of redundant plant and equipment from one of our projects and we left it in capable hands of the guys on site to nominate the charities. Variety Australia’s ‘Special Children’s Christmas Parties’ in Newcastle, ‘Smiling for Smiddy’ cancer research, and Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia (pictured with our Operations Manager and Chief Operating Officer) were the worthy recipients.

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Recap of the inaugural Peter Ward Golf Day

Saturday 17 October 2015 marked the seventh anniversary of the passing of our founder, Peter Ward.  Every year since 2008, a group of Peter’s friends have got together on the closest Friday to his passing for an unofficial commemoration (usually held at one of his favourite dining / drinking establishments).  This year, however, we decided that we would start a new and more formal tradition for all Ward staff to participate in.  Peter was extremely fond of his golf (although it wasn’t necessarily as fond of him), and so it seemed fitting that we all have a round of golf (followed by a few beverages) in his honour to celebrate his life and legacy that he has left for all of us at Ward.

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