Employer of the Year award

Shauna Black accepts the award, Minister David Pisoni, Dave Bell of Sea Dragon Lodge, Rob Heathcote of KIPT and Broc Bell of Sea Dragon Lodge.

KIPT is thrilled to announce that it was named Employer of the Year at the recent Yumbah Kangaroo Island Employment Awards.

The ceremony to present prizes in eight categories was held in front of about 90 people at the Kangaroo Island Business Hub, with awards presented by the Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni.

Mr Pisoni mentioned KIPT’s commitment to employment diversity, worker support structures, safety systems and training regime in announcing the award. There were 32 nominations for the eight awards and KIPT was nominated by Monique Hayward of Workskil.

KIPT executive director Shauna Black said she was pleased to receive the award on behalf of all the company’s management and board, and thanked the sponsor Sea Dragon Lodge.

“This is an award for all of our staff and the board. In the more than six years I have been with the company, not one staff member has resigned. We make special effort to reward and support our employees appropriately. They are our most important asset.”

There are more than 29 FTE positions involved in KIPT’s forestry business at the moment; 19 of these based on the Island. As the salvage harvest of our timber ramps up, the business expects to employ many more over the next few years.

KIPT was also a co-sponsor of the Young Employee of the Year category, won by Emma Wallace of Yumbah.