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Contact Group Wins Four Awards

Contact Group's staff at the 2023 NECA Awards.
Some of the Contact Group team pictured with Director, Trish Fromberg (centre) credit: MinchMedia

Contact Group was extremely proud to be recognised at the 2023 NECA Excellence Awards, held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart on the 15th of July.

Over 250 people from the electrical industry attended the Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievements and the best projects across the State.

Contact Group won four of the twelve Excellence Awards on offer, taking out the Work Health & Safety Award, the Green Energy Award, the ICT and AV Award and the Small Industrial Project Award.

The Minister for Workplace Safety, Elise Archer, presents the WHS Excellence Award to Contact's General Manager Dion Frame.
The Minister for Workplace Safety, Elise Archer, presents the WHS Excellence Award to Contact’s General Manager Dion Frame. Credit: MinchMedia

The Work Health & Safety Award – Excellence in Action recognised Contact Group’s work to better understand Work, Health and Safety data.

Contact Group developed a live dashboard where we can easily view, interpret and analyse our Work Health and Safety data.

It’s integrated with our Job Management System and updates as soon as there’s an incident recorded, with all the information relating to what has occurred.

This innovation, developed by our inhouse Software Engineer and WHS Manager, has been a game changer for collating and presenting our WHS analytics, with staff finding this visual aid much more effective in identifying trends, reviewing systems & processes and putting in place new controls.

This innovation has already resulted in tangible change and a reduction in WHS incidents.

Contact Group's Statewide AV Manager Andrew Otley accepts the ICT & AV Excellence Award
Contact Group’s Statewide AV Manager Andrew Otley accepts the ICT & AV Excellence Award. Credit: MinchMedia

The ICT & AV Excellence Award recognised Contact Group’s design and installation of nation leading Video Conferencing Systems at Tasmania’s Magistrates and Supreme Courts.

Contact provided cutting edge technology to facilitate video conferencing and the general operations of multiple courtrooms in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.

Our specialist AV team implemented clever design initiatives to future proof the systems, sourcing new and innovative products to overcome global VC supply shortages resulting from the pandemic.

The project has already created more efficiencies for Tasmania’s Judicial System, with fast and reliable VC technology resulting in increased court sittings and better access to legal representation.

Contact Group's Power Services Manager South, Rick Wright, accepts the Green Energy Energy Excellence Award
Contact Group’s Power Services Manager South, Rick Wright, accepts the Green Energy Energy Excellence Award. Credit: MinchMedia

The Green Energy Excellence Award recognised Contact Group’s design and installation of a new Solar Array and Battery Storage facility on Maria Island, which has brought much more efficient and reliable power to the whole island.

Contact Group was engaged by the Department of Parks & Wildlife to design and deliver the system on the World Heritage Listed Maria Island, replacing an old diesel generator at the Darlington precinct.

Prior to the new system, the Island was using approximately 14-thousand litres of diesel per annum.

The new ground-mount solar system provides a solar array capacity of 55kW and a BESS capacity of 215kWh, providing a minimum of two days battery autonomy.

Throughout the project Contact Group demonstrated clever design initiatives to limit environmental impact on the World Heritage site.

Contact Group's Power Services Manager North, Stuart Styles, Women in Energy Finalist Chey Sullivan, and Contact Group's Northern Manager David Irving, with their Awards.
Contact Group’s Power Services Manager North, Stuart Styles, Women in Energy Finalist Chey Sullivan, and Contact Group’s Northern Manager David Irving, with their Awards. Credit: MinchMedia

The Small Industrial Project Excellence Award recognised Contact Group’s work to replace a High Voltage Offshore Cable at Grange Resources Port Latta processing facility.

The cable powers the 1.8-kilomtere-long pier and associated infrastructure at Port Latta and replaced the existing cable that was over 60 years old and beginning to fail.

This was disrupting ship loading operations and delaying exports of iron ore pellets.

Contact Group developed innovative installation solutions for the new 3.3kV cables which were 2.25-kilometres long each.

The project was expertly executed and has resulted in increased feed rates and more efficient ship loading operations for Grange Resources, which can now load 3-thousand tonnes of iron ore pellets an hour.

Contact Group also received two Highly Commended Awards.

Chey Sullivan won a Highly Commended Award for the Women in Energy Category.
Chey Sullivan won a Highly Commended Award for the Women in Energy Category. Credit: MinchMedia

The Women in Energy Highly Commended Award recognised one of our outstanding female technicians, Chey Sullivan.

As a third-year female electrical apprentice Chey Sullivan has had to overcome a range of challenges and outdated perceptions.

Despite five generations of family involvement in the industry, as a woman she was advised against pursuing a trade.

Chey is now committed to ensuring other women don’t face the same struggles.

Through mentoring and supporting her female peers within TAFE, NECA and Contact Group, she has contributed to the retention of other female apprentices.

She is actively promoting the industry and is leading by example showing women and young girls, a woman’s place is anywhere she wants it to be.

Contact Group's Northern Manager David Irving accepts the Highly Commended Award for the Small Commercial Project Category
Contact Group’s Northern Manager David Irving accepts the Highly Commended Award for the Small Commercial Project Category. Credit: MinchMedia

The Small Commercial Project Highly Commended Award recognised Contact Group’s multi-staged electrical installation at the new Department of Health Administration and Learning Hub opposite the Launceston General Hospital.

The existing services were removed in their entirety and replaced with sophisticated, fully automated, energy efficient systems.

New switchboards were installed, as well as Dali controlled lighting, Panduit certified fibre and data, fire systems, security and state-of-the-art audio-visual technology.

Throughout the project Contact Group implemented clever design initiatives to create a flexible, multi-use educational facility that will maximise the efficiency and training of the clinical staff and students.

Contact Group's Zoa Short, Chey Sullivan, Angela Cohen and Trish Fromberg celebrating at the Awards.
Contact Group’s WHS Manager Zoa Short, Women in Energy Finalist Chey Sullivan, State Administration Officer Angela Cohen and Company Director Trish Fromberg celebrating at the Awards. Credit: MinchMedia

Contact Group would like to say a big congratulations to all the finalists and winners in this year’s Awards and a huge thank you to NECA Tasmania for hosting such a fantastic event.