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As a growing company, Wisely are committed to supporting the local communities in which we operate. Through our community programs & buy local initiatives, we foster a culture where local community engagement is a primary consideration when sourcing goods and services. Wisely supports local events, charities, junior sport & individual achievers to promote active engagement in the community.

CONGRATULATIONS DEALIA! 10 YEARS OF SERVICE

Wisely recently acknowledged Dealia Walsh’s 10 years of service with the company.  A celebration was held where Dealia was presented with flowers and a voucher to mark this significant milestone.

RIVER TO REEF CHARITY RIDE

Congratulations to the Wisely team for successfully completing the 35km division of the River 2 Reef Charity Ride that was held on the 30th September 2017.

A great effort from those that participated with all funds raised going to two local charities – RACQ CQ Rescue and Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association.

 

RU OK? DAY

The Wisely head office took part in a breakfast to support RU OK? Day, with guest speaker Paul Kelly from Grapevine Group which provides Suicide Prevention training regionally to employers, community and sporting groups.

14th September marked the national RU OK? Day dedicated to reminding everyone that we’ve all got what it takes to ask “are you ok?” and support those struggling with life.

RU OK? Has a simple message – Ask, Listen, Encourage Action and Check In.  If you have a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about isn’t behaving as they normally would, start a conversation with them about the changes you’ve noticed.  You may help that person to open up.  If they say they’re not ok, you can follow these steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage their load.  If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.

By asking are you ok, to the right person at the right time could stop a little problem turning into a big one.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

At Wisely, we encourage and motivate our people to expand their skill sets and grow within the business.

We would like to acknowledge Nick Morrow’s recent success in securing a long term role as a Maintenance Analysis and Improvement Specialist supporting the Medium Vehicles Department at BMA’s Goonyella site.

Nick started with Wisely in early July 2015 in the role of Heavy Vehicle Mechanic during which period he was acknowledged as the most safety observed person in our business (with a 100% track record). Nick then moved onto a Leading Hand Mechanic role within our Infrastructure and Services Maintenance Contract at BMA Blackwater. We were then fortunate to be able to offer Nick an avenue to increase his skills base when he moved into a temporary support role in the I&AM department on site at Blackwater.

As the Wisely business continues to grow, more opportunities are emerging and Nick has taken advantage of one of those by accepting his new role in our Professional Services department.

Nick’s story so far within the Wisely Group showcases the potential opportunities for succession planning that is available to our employees.

KART RACING

Wisely would like to congratulate Jayden Muir on a successful year of Kart Racing for 2016.  Jayden has continued to succeed with a really good year overall with some highs & lows to finish the year off.

Summary of Jayden’s achivement for 2016:-

January –   Burridge Family Memorial- 1st  ( 2nd consecutive year and the first Junior to win it twice)

March –     Sugar City Titles – 3rd

April –        CQ Series RD.1 Rockhampton – 1st  (Qualified on Pole)  Leading the series.
State Titles Warwick – 11th.

June –        CQ Series RD.2 Bundaberg – 5th  (Qualified 3rd)  2nd in the points series.

Sept –        CQ Series RD.3 Emerald – 3rd.  (Qualified 3rd, won the final in the rain, 3rd overall on points for the day)   Still 2nd in the series points.

Oct –          Whitsunday Titles – 2nd.  (Qualified on Pole, won the first 3 Heats, finished 2nd in the final)
Nov –          CQ Series RD.4 Gladstone – 9th.  (Qualified 4th, 0.089 off Pole.) Heat 2 bent an axle after being taken out by a non-series competitor and Did not Finish that heat which destroyed his series points. Still finished 5th overall for the series out of 21.

2016 Mackay Club Championship – 1st.  KA4 Junior Light.  This was Jaydens 4th consecutive Club Championship.

Wisely looks forward to seeing Jayden’s Achievements in 2017.

MODIFIED SEDAN RACING

Wisely would like to congratulate Menzies Racing Team on a successful year of racing for 2016.

Menzies Racing Team – 2016 in Review:

MRT are just about to complete another roller coaster year of Modified Sedan racing, enjoying some tremendous highs and disappointing lows in a season that has seen the team represent their home town in a range of blue ribbon events from Mackay to northern New South Wales.

The action on track is always hot, but this year MRT have been involved in more promotional activities than ever as they seek to build the profile of the sport in the local community. In May, MRT displayed the car on Mackay-Bucasia Road near Mt Pleasant shopping centre, where plenty of motorists took the opportunity to have a close look at the racing machines on show. MRT also helped with the education of youngsters, displaying the car to a local kindergarten to show the students the differences between race and road cars.

As for action on the track, 2016 got underway on Australia Day at the fifth annual Kings Royal event in Kingaroy, Queensland. This event is one of the most highly regarded sedan competitions in Australia and as such, required three nights of racing to separate the field of more than 80 drivers. Competing against the very best teams from all over the country, MRT showed real strength in recording the 12th fastest time on the first night. Heat racing on the following two nights of competition saw MRT qualify into 24th prior to the main event. From here, they were required to gain five positions to transfer into the $10 000-to-win Kings Royal event, but fell agonisingly short, claiming only four.  This miss was still highly enjoyable, however, because this final race saw the MRT commodore compete with the current national champion in a race-long battle that at times, saw competitors racing three wide for that final transfer position.

In February, MRT regrouped and traveled south of the border, to compete in the New South Wales State Title at Lismore Speedway. The purpose of the trip was two-fold. The national title was scheduled to be held in April at the same venue and MRT was yet to experience the Lismore showgrounds venue. Important research and development on setup was also conducted and the weekend of racing yielded a very strong top ten result at the same time.

The first of the Mackay local shows ran in March, where MRT kicked the local season off with a fourth position. This result was strong, but still turned out to be the lowest he would finish all year in Mackay, an achievement the team is very proud of.
The return trip to Lismore on the Anzac Day long weekend held huge promise following such a strong result the first time but unfortunately, only yielded disappointment as the three-night show was heavily affected by rain. By the third night, organisers abandoned two rounds of heats which unfortunately disadvantaged MRT, finding themselves stranded in the B-Main, on a heavily water damaged and one-lane race track.

Interrupting the two title events was another Mackay meeting where MRT claimed a third position in a hard fought contest.  Though the result was not what the team was hoping for from a local show, the calibre of racing was intense and was great preparation for the state title to come. As can be seen in the following footage, multiple cars had an opportunity to win the event.  (May 23rd Mackay Modified Sedans)

Aiming to defend the team’s third position in the event last year, MRT then travelled to Bundaberg over the Queen’s Birthday weekend for the State Title. At another new venue for the team, the car couldn’t have been better out of the trailer, rattling off the third fastest time in a 45-car strong field on practice night. The car was again very strong during heat racing, but two unfortunate racing incidents resulted in two dropped heats and a very difficult return for the final night. The team regrouped only to be dealt the cruelest of blows by Mother Nature, with a quick but heavy downpour just as the car hit the track for the final qualifying heat, catching them out with setup and hampering any chance of progress.

Following the disappointment of the title events, MRT quickly returned to winning ways, claiming the July and August meetings back in Mackay. As seen in the following footage, the racing was again intense, despite the high casualty rate earlier in the night that resulted in only four cars managing to start the feature event. (August 19th – Mackay).

The team carried this winning momentum and confidence into the North Queensland Title at the end of September, but a mechanical failure early on the first night ended the weekend early for MRT.  Although, reflecting now, this failure appears to have had a silver lining, with the team using this opportunity to develop a number of components in what turned out to be an extended break.

A number of these developments are now almost ready and the team is looking forward to testing their first set of new additions in Moranbah, the second weekend of December. The results of this meeting will somewhat determine the goals the team will set for the following year, with another few projects still to come into fruition.

MRT would like to thank their partners Wisely, for their invaluable support and look forward to continuing these partnerships into the New Year.

SPECIAL CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS PARTY

The 2016 Special Children’s Christmas Party was held in December at the Mackay Showgrounds thanks to your support.

Although the final numbers aren’t in, a great crowd of children and their families enjoyed a wonderful time together.

Here’s some of the feedback we received from the organisations we ask to distribute invitations …

The kids love it. Thanks to all.

Students really enjoy it and anticipate ‘the day’. Parents comment how kind everyone is to their children. Thank you for an awesome event.

Highly regarded by all who have attended in the past.

Our families have always really enjoyed the afternoon. I have a number of parents who ask when the tickets are out each year.

All comments have always been favourable. The families really appreciate this. These are special kids who deserve to be spoilt.

Thank you for organising this much needed outing for families of children with impairment, illness and disabilities.

Great fun! Children love it and come and talk about how much they love it.

Parents have been very grateful and appreciative of the generosity and thoughtfulness this opportunity brings for their children.

So from all of us to all of you, we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2017.

We hope your generosity to these children and their families is returned ten-fold.

MOVEMBER

The Wisely Team based onsite at Blackwater Kenmare decided to raise money for an awesome cause being Movember. Their motivation being to change the face of men’s health and have fun doing it.  Attached are a couple of pictures of the crew, at the start and half way.

Wisely would like to thank the crew for supporting this great cause, well done guys!