On Tuesday, January 12, Wenita held its annual Safe Start Breakfast at the Taieri Rugby Club with all harvesting, silviculture, roading and transport crews. This year more than 180 people attended.
Wenita CEO David Cormack kicked off the event with some safety messages and was followed by Woodflow Manager Alec Cassie, who introduced the main guest speaker Therese Gibbens from The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA). Therese spoke about managing the risks of drug and alcohol use (and abuse) in our workplace.
The second guest speaker was Paul Solomon from WorkSafe, who talked about the types of things WorkSafe will be focussing on this year.
Alec, David and Technical Manager James McEwan presented the 2020awards for Health and Safety and Top Spot, plus certificates to the Professional Tree Fallers.
Logging and Operations Manager Grant Kenneally wrapped the morning up by thanking the sponsors and adding a few final reminders about near miss reporting, forest security and weekend work.




Health & Safety Persons for 2020


Logging Contractors
  • Roxburgh 1 Logging: Phil Jones – winner
  • Roxburgh 2 Logging: Shae McKenzie – runner-up
Roading and Trucking
  • FRS (2018) Ltd: Neil Cockburn – winner
  • Dynes Transport: Tony Martin – runner-up
  • Johnson Forestry Services Ltd: Tyrone Stevens – runner-up
  • Gutsell Forestry Services: Kaiden Snow – winner
  • Kealey Contracting: Regan Weir – runner-up
Top Spot Awards


Top Spot awards – Pruning
  • 1st Place Period 1: Michael Scott (Johnson Forestry Services)
  • 2st Equal Period 1: Nick Allen (McHoull Contracting)
  • 2st Equal Period 1: Leo Hughes (Forest View Contracting)
  • 2st Equal Period 1: Ken McHoull (McHoull Contracting)
  • 1st Place Period 2 Michael Scott (Johnson Forestry Services)
  • 2nd Place Period 2: Leo Hughes (Forest View Contracting)
  • 3rd Place period 2: Nick Allan (McHoull Contracting)
  • 1st Place Full Year: Michael Scott (Johnson Forestry Services)
  • 2nd Place Full Year: Leo Hughes (Forest View Contracting)
  • 3rd Place Full Year: Nick Allan (McHoull Contracting)
Professional Tree Felling Certification Certificates


First Time Certified
  • Norman Rewita
  • Jeremy Hills
  • Wayde Lindsay
  • Callum MacLeod