City staff recognised for excellence in their field

Published on Friday, 16 June 2023 at 2:03:23 PM

The award accolades continue this week for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, as three staff members are recognised for their outstanding work in turf management and parks and leisure.

Following Tuesday’s announcement of Mia Hicks, Director of Community Development, and Lauren Chapman-Holle, Manager of Community Development receiving the Women in Local Government Award at the 2023 National Awards for Local Government, three more staff members have been recently recognised for excelling in their fields.

Two talented apprentices from the Kalgoorlie Golf Course have received awards at this year’s WA Turf Awards. Jayden Zappelli was awarded the Best Block Release Apprentice and Zac Naake was presented with the Best Block Apprentice Award.

Jayden will travel to the National Turf Industry Awards in Adelaide next week to compete for the National Turf Apprentice of the Year Award.

Both apprentices were presented their Awards and Certificates for studies in Certificate III Sports Turf Management in front of industry representatives, superintendents, sponsors and TAFE representatives at a recent event at the Swan Yacht Club.

Alicia Rowell, a Fitness Trainee at the Goldfields Oasis, was nominated for the prestigious Parks and Leisure Australia, 2023 David Aldous Emerging Leader Award.

This award recognises the exceptional contributions made by a student, or emerging professional under 30 years of age, who has shown a commitment to professional development, study, and has made a significant impact in the parks and leisure industry.

Alicia had the opportunity to attend the highly anticipated Park and Leisure Australia Awards of Excellence event at the Wembley Golf Course last weekend.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO Andrew Brien said recruiting trainees, apprentices and young people is an important priority for the City as is their ongoing mentoring and support.

“Jayden started with the City as a 15-year-old turf work experience student. His passion for this industry has been evident since this time and not waivered.”

“We always receive positive comments about his work ethic, teamwork, and commitment to his career. I have no doubt he will excel in this industry for many years to come.”

“Likewise, we are proud of Zac and the dedication he has shown to his studies and the daily work undertaken at the Kalgoorlie Golf Course.”

“Zac and the team wake up early and take great care in the work they do to ensure the course remains ranked in the top 24 public access courses in Australia.”

“We also congratulate Alicia on her nomination. It’s a well-deserved recognition of the hard work and dedication she puts into her role at the Goldfields Oasis and her service to our members.”

Jeff Austen, Senior Turf Lecturer at South Metropolitan TAFE said Jayden is a keen young man and a pleasure to have in class.

“His practical and theoretical skills and knowledge are fantastic. I am looking forward to him graduating next year and becoming a qualified Greenkeeper.”

Jayden Zappelli said it means a lot to him to be recognised in this way.

“It feels pretty good to be recognised for my skills and accomplishments. I feel proud of myself and the work our team does out at the Kalgoorlie Gold Course.”

“The best part of my job is working under the sunrise every day and with a fantastic crew. I’m grateful for the mentoring I receive.”

“I hope to continue working in this industry for many years and working my way up the ranks. I’m excited to attend the National Awards in Adelaide.”

Zac Naake said it feels good to be recognised and that he’s really enjoyed both the theoretical and practical aspects of this TAFE studies.

“I love that I get to work on something different everyday and receiving this Award has really given me a boost to try and do better and better.”

“If anyone is considering a career in turf management, I would highly recommend it. Get out there and learn what greenkeeping is all about.”

Both apprentices thanked their many mentors particularly former Kalgoorlie Golf Course Superintendent Patrick Casey and current Assistant Superintendent Niall Rogan.

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