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Staff Persons of the Year

All of our staff are legends... but we aim to recognize those who excel and push the boundaries. As HR Manager, I felt that a monthly staff incentive scheme would achieve many goals:

  • Reward outstanding performance
  • Recognise high levels of presentation and pride
  • Motivate individuals to attain goals and targets
  • Promote teamwork and team goals
  • Promote the vision and global aims of Australia Zoo's development
  • Assist with staff performance reviews and development
  • Assist to encourage attendance at our monthly all staff meetings

Senior Managers formally nominate staff from their sections each month in the monthly awards. Staff often input and suggest to their relevant managers who they think should be nominated also. Sometimes you may even find Senior Managers cross nominating! All completed nomination forms are presented to Wes (Zoo Director) and Frank (General Manager) who select/fight over/debate who the winner each month should be. Hence, we sometimes end up with several winners in some months.

Monthly nominees all receive a prize and also have the embarrassment of being seen on the big screen and are then asked to 'come on down' when nominations are announced in the Crocoseum, at the monthly staff meeting. Nominees generally receive prizes such as a $100 dinner voucher at a local restaurant or perhaps a $100 Bunnings, Myer, Mitre 10 or BCF voucher and winners recieve $1,000 Australia Zoo Travel gift certificates!

At the end of each year, Terri and Wes with input from the Senior Management team, elect the WINNERS for STAFF PERSON/S of the YEAR. At our all staff Christmas party, we all eagerly wait to see who is chosen! And the prize is... a TRIP to DISNEYLAND... Wooo-hoo! I couldn't believe my ears when I was first informed! As the program evolves, I will keep you up to date with the major prizes and the winners!

Sandy Whitehead - HR Manager


2012 Staff Awards

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Steve Irwin Award
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Stuart Gudgeon

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Director's Award
-
Bindi Irwin

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Staff Person of the Year
-
Claude Lacasse (Wildlife Hospital
Veterinary Services Manager)

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Movers & Shakers Award
-
Stacey Brown (Teacher)

 

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Quiet Achiever Award
-
Peter Liehr (Keeper/Grounds)

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Volunteers of the Year
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Fay Taylor (Customer Relations) &
Lance Paynter (Wildlife Hospital)

Zoo Crew Awards - Hall of Fame

  2011


Congratulations Susan and Kris! - Staff of the Year Award!

Staff of the Year Award
-
Susan Elmer and Kris Berndt

Well done, Amanda! - Director's Award

The Director's Award
-
Amanda Brown

Congratulations Josh & Geoff! - Mover & Shaker Award!

Mover & Shaker Award
-
Josh Ruffell & Geoff Neubecker

Congratulations Wendy! - Volunteer's Award!

Volunteer's Award
-
Wendy Murray

Congratulations Josh & Geoff! - Quiet Achievers Award!

Quiet Achiever Award
-
Dave Ryan & Andrew Goodfellow

Congratulations Keith! - Steve Irwin Award!

Steve Irwin Loyalty Award
-
Keith Sadler



  2010


Congratulations, Claudia! - Staff Person of the Year 2010

Staff Person of the Year
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Claudia Rumph

Congratulations, Bonnie! - Staff Person of the Year 2010!

Staff Person of the Year
-
Bonnie Nolan

Well done, Manu! - Director's Award

The Director's Award
-
Manu Ludden


Well done, Laurie! - Director's Award

The Director's Award
-
Laurie Pond

Congratulations Richard! - Steve Irwin Award!

Steve Irwin Award
-
Richard Jackson

Congratulations Ron! - Volunteer's Award!

Volunteer's Award
-
Ron Wiskar

 Congratulations Everyone! 
Congratulations Everyone! 

Movers & Shakers Award
-
Claude Lacasse

Quiet Achievers Award
-
Luke Reavley



  2009

Congratulations, John! - Steve Irwin Award

Staff Person of the Year
-
John Ford

Congratulations, Kate! - Steve Irwin Award

Staff Person of the Year
-
Kate Morely

Well done, Mark! - Director's Award

The Director's Award
-
Mark Niven


Congratulations Karen! - Staff Person of the Year 2009

Steve Irwin Award
-
Karen Appleby

Volunteer's Award - Anita Turner

Mover & Shakers - Laurie Pond

Quiet Achievers - Aaron Prior

  2008

Congratulations, Jan! - First ever Steve Irwin Award

Steve Irwin Award
-
Toby Millyard

Well done, Cameron! - Director's Award

The Director's Award
-
Cameron Chapman

Congratulations Karen! - Staff Person of the Year 2009

Staff Person of the Year
-
Karen Bennett



  2007

Congratulations, Jan! - First ever Steve Irwin Award

Steve Irwin Award
-
Jan Neilson

Well done, Bruce! - Director's Award

The Director's Award
-
Bruce Murdock

Congratulations Karen! - Staff Person of the Year 2009

Staff Person of the Year
-
Anthony De Zoete Baker


  2006

Staff Person of the Year - Broek Stevens

Broek - 2006 Staff Person of the Year



  2005

Staff Persons of the Year
Brian Coulter: Croc One
Kate Coulter (formerly Bisschoff): Croc One



  2004

Staff persons of the year 2004
Fred Engle:

Grounds Manager
Staff persons of the year 2004
Thelma Engle:
Bindi & Bob's Nanny
Staff persons of the year 2004
Lenny White:
Truck and Plant
Operator


  2003

Staff persons of the year 2003
Bruce Poulton:

'Mock Rocking'
Supervisor
Staff persons of the year 2003
Amanda Brown:

Mammals Head
Keeper



  2002

Staff persons of the year 2002
Tina Grieves:
International
Marketing Officer
Staff persons of the year 2002
Sandy Whitehead:

HR Manager