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Monday, 19 October 2015
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Ms CLAYDON (Newcastle) (13:54): On Friday, I attended the 2015 Hunter Manufacturing Awards in Newcastle. I would just like to take the opportunity today to recognise a number of the award winners. The awards are in their 11th year now and a terrific way to promote and recognise excellence in manufacturing in our region.

The manufacturer of the year award went to mining equipment manufacturer WEARX. The Hunter Manufacturing Awards' board award was presented to Portable Safety Cam for their innovative wireless safety camera system. Nicolas Percy from the Varley Group won the 2015 rising star award for being on the forefront of a range of significant projects and innovations. The apprentice of the year award was awarded to Brock Goodwin, who is employed by Hunternet Group Training Company.

The excellence in innovation award went to WRI Australia—Raptek—for their innovative approach to addressing dragline rope issues. Composite Cats were awarded the excellence in product design of their work amalgamating a caravan and a boat to design the CaraBoat. The excellence in manufacturing award went to DELTAwater Solutions for its water advisory program. The excellence in safety award went to OneSteel's Newcastle Rod Mil. Morris Technological Group was presented with the award for excellence in training. J&S Engineering and Maintenance was recognised with the excellence in environmentally responsible manufacturing practices award.

I congratulate these recipients, the HMA board and all of their members for an excellent night celebrating— (Time expired)