New Clontarf recruits kick goals in Cairns

SUEZ is a proud partner of the Clontarf Foundation, an organisation that seeks to improve the employment opportunities, self-discipline and prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. Through our partnership, we work with Clontarf to help to educate, mentor and develop meaningful relationships with the men that can lead to employment opportunities within the business.
The program has been particularly successful in Cairns where, we spoke with Regional Infrastructure Manager, Rodney Born, to see how the latest team members were fairing in their roles. The entire Cairns Team has been so impressed with the commitment, attitudes and work ethic of these young men that they wanted to give you a spotlight on who they are and what they bring to the SUEZ Community. 


As one of the first guys to join us from Clontarf, Zach's progress has been outstanding. Zach has moved into the position of an apprentice Fitter and Mechanic, completing work within his first year of the trade that is making a real difference. Between putting rails on 15-metre bins, grinding and cutting – having a specialist on the team is generating real cost savings. His positive attitude and constant smile is a real asset to the team.


Having trained as an operator Jamaal is now a confident driver of our yellow gear, loader and bobcat. He's a hard worker and is always happy to help the rest of the team members to get the job done. Working together with Zach, Jamaal is inspired to keep improving and building upon his skill base.


Close to being signed off on his loader certificate Fred is currently working as an operator and general hand. Since joining us Fred has built confidence and initiative; taking ownership of projects through his SOP training and Lockout Tag process. His hard work is paying off and he's quickly learning new skills around the site.


As the newest recruit to join the team from Clontarf, George is being trained to run the recycled scrap section of our site. Soon he'll begin learning about operating the yellow gear and move up through the ranks. George's biggest asset is his can-do attitude and hunger to learn – especially when it comes to safety within the site. When you love what you do it makes it easy to come to work and be a true asset for the team.

The game

On Sunday the 14th of February, Rodney attended a local football game in the suburb of Edmonton. Many of the guys from Clontarf play for the teams involved and it was great to see them out of the field doing what they love most. As a proud sponsor and supporter of the "Crusaders" Rodney was pleased to see them come an overall second in the competition and was presented with an honorary team jersey.

The camaraderie and friendships seen both on and off the field demonstrate everything that both Clontarf and the SUEZ Team Spirit stands for. Congratulations guys and keep up the good work in Cairns.