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Staff Persons of the Year

All of our staff are legends... but we aim to recognise 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
  • Encourage attendance at our monthly all-staff meetings.

Senior managers formally nominate staff from their departments each month. Staff also give input and suggestions to their relevant managers advising who they think should be nominated and why. 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 should be each month. Hence, we sometimes end up with several winners!

During the monthly staff meetings in the Crocoseum, all nominees receive a prize and get the added embarrassment of being pictured on the big screen and asked to 'come on down' when nominations are announced. Nominees generally receive various gift cards or certificates for their efforts, including dinner vouchers, retail store vouchers and even Australia Zoo travel gift certificates!

At the end of each year, Terri and Wes, with input from the senior management team, select the WINNERS for the STAFF PERSON/S of the YEAR award, and at our 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

zoo crew legend

Steve Irwin Award
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Stuart Gudgeon

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Director's Award
-
Bindi Irwin

zoo crew legend

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

zoo crew legend

Movers & Shakers Award
-
Stacey Brown (Teacher)

 

zoo crew legend

Quiet Achiever Award
-
Peter Liehr (Keeper/Grounds)

zoo crew legend

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

Zoo Crew Awards - Hall of Fame

  2011


zoo crew legends

Staff of the Year Award
-
Susan Elmer and Kris Berndt

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The Director's Award
-
Amanda Brown

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Mover & Shaker Award
-
Josh Ruffell & Geoff Neubecker

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Volunteer's Award
-
Wendy Murray

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Quiet Achiever Award
-
Dave Ryan & Andrew Goodfellow

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Steve Irwin Loyalty Award
-
Keith Sadler



  2010


zoo crew legends

Staff Person of the Year
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Claudia Rumph

zoo crew legends

Staff Person of the Year
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Bonnie Nolan

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The Director's Award
-
Manu Ludden


zoo crew legends

The Director's Award
-
Laurie Pond

zoo crew legends

Steve Irwin Award
-
Richard Jackson

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Volunteer's Award
-
Ron Wiskar

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zoo crew legends 

Movers & Shakers Award
-
Claude Lacasse

Quiet Achievers Award
-
Luke Reavley



  2009

zoo crew legends

Staff Person of the Year
-
John Ford

zoo crew legends

Staff Person of the Year
-
Kate Morely

zoo crew legends

The Director's Award
-
Mark Niven


zoo crew legends

Steve Irwin Award
-
Karen Appleby

Volunteer's Award - Anita Turner

Mover & Shakers - Laurie Pond

Quiet Achievers - Aaron Prior

  2008

zoo crew legends

Steve Irwin Award
-
Toby Millyard

zoo crew legends

The Director's Award
-
Cameron Chapman

zoo crew legends

Staff Person of the Year
-
Karen Bennett



  2007

zoo crew legends

Steve Irwin Award
-
Jan Neilson

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The Director's Award
-
Bruce Murdock

zoo crew legends

Staff Person of the Year
-
Anthony De Zoete Baker


  2006

Staff Person of the Year - Broek Stevens

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  2005

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



  2004

zoo crew legends
Fred Engle:
Grounds Manager
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Thelma Engle:
Bindi & Bob's Nanny
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Lenny White:
Truck and Plant
Operator


  2003

zoo crew legends
Bruce Poulton:
'Mock Rocking'
Supervisor
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Amanda Brown:
Mammals Head
Keeper



  2002

zoo crew legends
Tina Grieves:
International
Marketing Officer
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Sandy Whitehead:
HR Manager