As a growing company, Wisely Group is committed to supporting local communities. Through our community programs and ‘buy local’ initiatives, we foster a culture where local community engagement is a primary consideration when sourcing goods and services. Wisely Group supports local events, charities, junior sport and individual achievers to promote active engagement in the community.
Wisely Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Bugeja as Chief Executive Officer, effective as of 23 April. Chris has previously held a number of senior management positions in the mining and heavy automotive vehicle industries.
Founder and newly appointed Chairman of the Executive Board, Bob Wisely said that he was looking forward to supporting Chris through the transition and that it marks an exciting growth phase for Wisely Group. “Chris is a progressive and experienced leader. He brings extensive knowledge of the mining and heavy automotive vehicle industries, along with a strong background in continuous improvement and operations management. He is the ideal candidate for the position of CEO,” he said.
Bob said that he would continue to be actively involved in the business in his new role as Chairman, while Chris would take an active lead in the management of daily operations and driving innovation, growth and safety.
The announcement coincides with Wisely Group’s 25th birthday and while it has no current impact on major daily operations, it’s reflective of its growth into a larger organisation on a global scale.
“The last 12 months have been monumental in our growth and development. We have increased to 500 employees and have gained contracts across Australia and in a number of international countries.
Chris joins us at a pivotal time and his guidance will be instrumental to our continued success,” he said.
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Wisely Services, along with CRRC Yangtze and Pacific National, welcomed a shipment of 36 RNAY Rail Wagons to the Port of Mackay last month.
Arriving from CRRC Yangtze China, the wagons were delivered as flat packs with the 3 car bodies and the bogie assembles as separate items. The bogies were placed on the rail line and the car bodies lifted into place using 2 mobile cranes. Once the wagons were rolling, they were fitted out with brake hoses, brake control rods, container locks, earth straps, AEI tags. Paint touch-ups were done on all wagons at the end of the contract before leaving site.
Using the rail line that services Queensland Sugar Limited, a team of five transformed the wagons & completed the brake testing and commissioning. Wagons will be used for transporting general freight for Pacific National.
The wagons are now ready for their runs from Cairns to Brisbane. Well done to the crew for a successful project!
Wisely continues to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 (IWD).
We would like to introduce you to Grace Budd who works for Wisely Asset Management as an MA & I Specialist.
Describe your role with Wisely: I’m based out on a mine site and look after improvement initiatives within the maintenance team. Through data analysis, developing business cases and executing projects, I enable functional excellence and support business priorities for continuous improvement.
What has been the biggest challenge for you in the mining industry? The lifestyle. Working away from home can be hard and lonely at times but the people I work with have become my support network and it’s getting easier every day.
Wisely Group continues to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 (IWD), by sharing experiences from Women that work across our various Wisely Group departments.
Do you believe that gender equality has improved in the mining industry? I started this role with an expectation that the industry would be ‘male dominated’ and that I would struggle to get anywhere as a woman. Once I started with Wisely, my opinion dramatically changed. I have received so much support and care since being in this role and I have never experienced any form of discrimination. There are more women on the mine site all the time and it is great to see!
For the month of March, Wisely Group continues to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 (IWD), by sharing experiences from Women that work across our various Wisely Group departments.
We would like to introduce you to Di Quinn who started with Wisely Group in 2014 as the Finance Manager.
Describe your role with Wisely: I assist the management team to ensure the viability and financial success of Wisely.
What has been the biggest challenge for you in the mining industry? Technical knowledge. This is my first time in the mining industry and I entered it with limited technical knowledge. Over time, I have improved by learning from my colleagues and through industry research. There are a lot of industry-related articles to keep up with events and changes which has helped enormously!
Do you believe that gender equality has improved in the mining industry? Attitudes towards women in the workplace are different to when I first started my career. The changing attitudes have provided more opportunities for women to pursue a wider variety of career options and higher level of leadership within industry.
Wisely Group value diversity and inclusion and today celebrate the achievements of women both internationally and within our organisation. The theme for this International Women’s Day is #BalanceForBetter – a call to action for driving gender balance. Wisely Group acknowledges all of the women that contribute to our successful business!
Meet Rosanna Hellwege, the first face our clients and employees first see in our Mackay head office. Rosanna started with Wisely Group in 2014 as an Administration Assistant.
Her role now includes managing the reception, providing a professional level of service to our staff and customers, ensuring that all interactions are positive and support the values of Wisely Group.
As the first point of contact, whether by phone or in person at our front reception, Rosanna always has a smile on her face and is willing to assist.
Wisely Group had the pleasure of welcoming TUF Minds to our office in recent weeks to talk to our employees about the benefits of the TUF minds app that has been developed by a local medical practice.
This is a free app that can be download and used by everyone.
We all know someone with mental health challenges or going through stressful times. Maybe a family member, friend or even yourself. You don’t need to be an expert – just a good friend and a great listener. So, if you notice someone who might be struggling – start a conversation and don’t forget to ask someone how they are when you pass them in the staff room.
Our team at Wisely Group are committed to the local communities that we live and work in. Together the team raised $750 to donate to the Triple M Mackay & The Whitsundays Toy Drive which seeks to ensure no child wakes up on Christmas day without a gift. It is certainly a wonderful time of year, but for many families, we know it can also be a tough time.
Well done to Wisely Services and our Weipa Evan’s Landing Project Team! After spending the last 3-4 months up at the tip of Australia, they’ve achieved an amazing result – and on budget too! Wisely Group would like to congratulate the team and all those involved along the way on a fantastic job.
Wisely Group would like to extend our congratulations to the Special Children’s Christmas Party Mackay, on a very successful 25th event! We’re a proud sponsor of this annual event that gives children with special needs a day to remember – a very worthy cause!
Wisely Group will be employing 150 people from across the region. The jobs come after successfully securing a tender with BHP for a three year maintenance contract at Blackwater Mine. Multiple trade disciplines including diesel fitters, service technicians, boilermakers and electricians will make up the 150 jobs. The staff will be sourced locally and Mr Wisely is excited to give back to the community when the project begins.
Wisely Group is proud to sponsor the Blackwater International Coal Centre as they celebrate the 10th year of operation, hosted as a Community Free Event. The Celebration will include the unveiling of the 10yr Celebration & Sponsor Plaque, local musicians and artists, various workshops and markets, kids rides, outdoor cinema, car and bike show and shine and much more!
Wisely Group would like to highlight the hard work and commitment of one of our Wisely Asset Management, Maintenance Analysis & Improvement Specialists, Michael Davies! Mick has dedicated his time to improvements of our customers Maintenance Ancillary Department and in a relatively short period of time has identified and executed approximately; – 328 Master Data Requests – 88 PRT Changes – 254 SpareFinder Requests Executing changes of this magnitude have led to a number of safety, cost and volume improvements within the department, whilst demonstrating both the Wisely values and our customers. Well done Mick in providing such successful and critical assistance. We thank you for your expertise, professionalism and continued dedication to our team!
Wisely Services have been awarded the Evans Landing Wharf Re-decking Project at the Port of Weipa. Constructed in the 1960s, the landing has serviced the community, as well as commercial marine operations in the area. Wisely Services are executing general structural repairs, improvements and blasting and painting works. With the replacement of the current timber deck being upgraded to pre-cast concrete panels.
Wisely Group recently supported the 2018 RACQ CQ Rescue Las Vegas Casino Gala Fundraising Dinner where we partnered as a Bronze Sponsor. What a fabulous result for the evening as the 2018 RACQ CQ Rescue Las Vegas Casino Gala Fundraising Dinner surpassed all expectations, raising more than $100,000 from the event. Without the help of organisations like Wisely, RACQ CQ Rescue would be unable to provide essential and lifesaving service to this community.
Wisely Group is proud to support Pioneer Tennis, as they commence their growth period with the constructing of 2 new ITF (International Tennis Federation) standard courts. This facility will assist the Mackay community and Pioneer Tennis with securing International Tournaments in the near future.
On the 23rd of January 2018 Wisely Services step up Maintenance Manager, Dave Byrnes, presented Mark Harrison and Matt Firth with certificates of recognition for outstanding work at our Safe Start meeting. Matt was recognised for a PL4/5 for picking up possible potable water contamination at both central and CHPP fuel farms and the heavy vehicle wash pad. Mark was recognised for the work he completed in WAVE and Continuous Improvement space. This shows the great work our team is continuously completing, it’s great to see the site recognising their efforts.
Wisely Group would like to take the opportunity to thank those of you that participated in the two fund raising events “Triple M – I Believe in Christmas Toy Appeal” and “Anglicare Food & Gift Hampers” we held this year. We think there’s no better way to share the joy of Christmas with people in need than to donate food and toys to those families who would otherwise go without. Your generosity is very greatly appreciated in the spirit of Christmas.
Wisely Services Kenmare A Crew once again participated in Movember and raised $6,690.00. An outstanding effort from those that particpated in this cause to “Stop Men Dying Too Young”. “The Movember Foundation is saving and improving men’s lives through projects focused on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention”.
Wisely Group 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.
Congratulations to the Wisely Group 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.
Wisely Group’s 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.