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Council finalist in 2017 SafeWork NSW Awards

Publish Date 23/10/2017

Council has been recognised for its commitment to WH&S, being selected as a finalist for 'Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety Culture – for big business' in the 2017 SafeWork NSW Awards.

Port Stephens Council has been selected as a finalist for 'Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety Culture – for big business' in the 2017 SafeWork NSW Awards.

The awards recognise businesses and workers with the highest standards of workplace health and safety and return to work outcomes in the state.

Nicole Le Grange, Council's Work Health and Safety Manager, says it's a huge honour to have Port Stephens Council's strong commitment to safety recognised.

"As a Council, we've worked hard to build a true safety culture. Safety is one of Port Stephens Council's core values and we are committed to seeing workers go home in the same, or better, physical and mental condition than when they arrived at work," Ms Le Grange said.

"We've made vast improvements to our safety practices over the past six years, resulting in less workplace injuries, less severe injuries and a reduction in workers compensation premiums – saving Council over a million dollars per year.

"The awards judging process is very competitive with 160 entries, so being a finalist in these awards is a huge honour in itself, as it means Council is one in the best businesses in the state when it comes to safety," she said.

Ms Le Grange says that while attitudes to safety must be driven as an organisation, it has been a real team effort.

"All of our workers have been the driving force behind this cultural change, and they are to be congratulated for their efforts," she said.

The 2017 SafeWork NSW Awards winners will be announced this Thursday 26 October 2017 at Doltone House in Sydney.