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Honours to Alcoa employee
Congratulations to Willowdale mine employee John Twaddle who recently received a prestigious Volunteer Emergency Services Award.
John has worked tirelessly for his local community as the captain of the Waroona Fire Brigade since 1998 and was rewarded when he was presented with the FESA Bob Mitchell Award.  The award recognises personal integrity and commitment to community.
He has been involved in the Waroona Fire Brigade since 1964 and has helped protect the community by fighting fires both in WA and interstate.
John is no stranger to receiving awards.  In 1998 he was named the inaugural bush fire fighter of the year and in 1999 he received the Australian Fire Service Medal.  John has also been awarded life membership of the Waroona Volunteer Fire Brigade.
Alcoa is proud to support employees in their local communities through the Alcoa Foundation.  Employees who donate their time to not-for-profit organisations can apply to the Alcoa Foundation for grants to give to their charitable organisations.
In 2007, over 1,200 Alcoa employees actively volunteered in their local communities across Australia, contributing over 71,000 volunteer hours - that's equivalent to more than 8 years of time.

Alcoa passes on cost savings to employees
As employee retention becomes a major issue for Australian businesses, Alcoa is leading the charge in employee engagement by offering cash incentives to those who come up with smart ideas.
Employee suggestions and achievements from 2007 were celebrated at Alcoa’s Western Australian Operations Annual Awards for Excellence recently, where ten awards were presented.
Ideas direct from refinery and mine site workers have seen significant financial savings as well as safety, environmental and efficiency improvements.
Managing Director, Alan Cransberg, said: “One award nominee came up with an idea which has led to annual savings of $460,000.”
Alcoa’s Employee Suggestion Scheme offers financial incentives to those who develop ideas which result in cost savings to the business.
The Excellence in Environment Award was presented to a Wagerup employee whose work resulted in a 95 per cent reduction in Liquor Burner emissions.
“We believe we have a more productive and engaged workforce if employees are encouraged to make suggestions for improvement and are then listened to by management,” Mr. Cransberg said.
“It is people who make Alcoa successful, not machines or equipment.”

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Some of Alcoa’s star employees at the annual awards for excellence.