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Cleaning up the road to Grange’s Savage River site

Cleaning up the road to Grange’s Savage River site

Jock McCreadie, Maintenance Leading Hand at Grange, often walks the 11 kilometre stretch of Waratah Road after work, picking up bottles and cans mostly. When Grange registered for the Business Clean Up Australia Day event on February 25th the Savage River team could notice the impact of this one man’s effort.

Working sustainably is a value Grange are proud of and there is a growing sentiment in the workplace to do that extra bit to look after the natural environment. The Health Safety and Environment team registered the company to clean up the 40 kilometre stretch of road between Waratah and the Savage River town site, which is heavily used by workers, residents and visitors to the area.

“The company is very supportive of taking the time to Clean Up”, Graduate Environmental officer Lisa Georgiou said, with senior management staff participating in the Business Clean Up Australia Day event this year. 21 workers took part in the clean-up, and many others stepped up to cover work roles, supporting the cause in allowing their colleagues to get involved.

Several items found on the Waratah roadside provided entertainment for the team. A discarded Slim Dusty CD, 20 litre drums of waste motor oil, 9 tyres, car parts, panels and plenty of XXXX cans. A “dumping area” has been located and staff have returned to this area for a more intensive clean up since the event.

Waratah Senior Constable, Russell Troughton was on hand for the event to assist with traffic management as the crew were dropped off the bus and into the scrub every 3- 4 kilometres. They filled 86 bags of rubbish over the four and a half hour exercise. It does not end there though. Other Grange sites are expected to be on board in 2021 (site-specific issues prevented that from happening this year) and the Burnie office site will use the spare bags for a tidy up in the city. The Business Clean Up Australia day event is supported by Grange as a valuable initiative for its positive environmental and social impact.

Image below by John Fox. Left to Right: Gilbert Charles, HSE Manager, and Lisa Georgiou, Graduate Environmental Officer.

Featured image by Lisa Georgiou. Left to Right: Will Darlington, Principal Geotechnical Engineer and Declan Finnegan, HSE Superintendent.