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Alcoa Point Henry employees are teaming up with Karingal Mental Health Support as part of our ongoing community volunteering program.

With the assistance of BacLinks (Business and Community Links), Alcoa has established a calendar of community involvement for the year, giving employees the opportunity to volunteer on a range of projects during work hours.

The first event for the year took place at Karingal Mental Health Support’s property in Marshall at the end of March, involving around ten Alcoa volunteers.

Alcoa management and staff helped restore the property’s grounds with a ‘backyard blitz’ style event that has improved the experience of those who visit.

Mental Health Support provides a range of services and programs designed to support people with mental illness take steps towards recovery. The Marshall property, located on a substantial acreage, offers recreational and educational options such as art activities, music activities, cooking, and gardening.

Karingal Mental Health Support Manager Sally Wall said: “Karingal Mental Health Support really values the assistance of Alcoa.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the Alcoa volunteers to learn about the work we do and work along side some of the people we support to ‘makeover’ the grounds at our Marshall site.”

BacLinks Manager Sheree Holdsworth added: “Alcoa’s community engagement program is an ideal model for other community minded businesses to follow. It allows for projects that are mutually beneficial for both parties and ensures strong outcomes for the involved community agencies.”

global win for wagerup, point henry runner-up
In the February edition we shared the news that two Alcoa of Australia teams, from Wagerup and Point Henry, had been selected as finalists in Alcoa’s internal 2011 global Impact Awards.
This month, we are pleased to share that our Wagerup Refinery team won the ‘Asset Management’ category, while the Point Henry team was named runner-up in the ‘Community’ category. 

The Impact Awards are an Alcoa-wide global competition, recognising teams that have demonstrated extraordinary business results. 

Importantly, the Awards also allowed the sharing of best practices across all Alcoa business units around the world. The Awards were handed out late last month in Florida by Alcoa’s global CEO Klaus Kleinfeld.

Terry Wilson, Gino Vitale, Colin Davis and Michael Magno from Waroona, along with Peter Hartnup from Halls Head, made up the Wagerup team - proving how great ideas, when combined with hard work and disciplined execution, lead to great success.

They won their category, ahead of competition from Canada and Alcoa Australia Rolled Products in Victoria, for a smart business idea which recovers previously unrecoverable alumina from Wagerup’s alumina storage bins by a significant 74%, and reduces costs.

Terry Wilson came up with the original concept and was assisted by his four colleagues to make the idea a reality. He was in Florida, along with Colin Davis, on behalf of the team, to accept the Award.

“It’s good to see the good guys get reward for a great effort. This is the highest high I have had working for Alcoa and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world,” Terry said.

Wagerup Refinery Manager Eugenio Azevedo said that the win was a remarkable achievement.

“These guys are a great example of the true value of teamwork. To win and to be recognised as best practice across this global organisation is a fantastic outcome.”

As well as a trophy, they also won $10,000 to be spent on a team event.

Our Point Henry team, of Stewart Esdale, Barry Knight, Steve Ford, Kate Betts and Brendan Foran, was recognised for the Moolapio project – just behind Jamalco’s (Jamaica) community engagement program.
Moolapio which is a collaborative project with our long-term environmental partner Greening Australia, is focused on conserving, enhancing and restoring the flora and fauna of the land surrounding the Point Henry smelter.  It is a successful on-going project and since 2007 the project has received international praise from the United Nations and won the Victorian Coastal Award for Excellence.
“The Point Henry team might not have won on the night, but to be runner-up among so many worthy nominations from around the globe is a remarkable achievement in itself – you are winners in my book!” said Managing Director Alan Cransberg.

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Global Impact Awards: the winning Wagerup team with global CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, General Manager of WA Operations Simon Butterworth, Alcoa of Australia Managing Director Alan Cransberg, and President of Global Primary Products John Thuestad.

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The Point Henry team that came runner-up in the 'Community' category at the Impact Awards in Florida.