Closing the Gap – a Win for all

November 13, 2013 | | Corporate Social Responsibilty

On behalf the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General, Quadric performed an upgrade to the Youth Justice Centre Building in Cherbourg.  The project consisted of structural modifications, external earthworks, internal alterations, security services, and custom joinery.  A key driver for the project was Indigenous economic participation, training, and community development.

Quadrics Managing Director Ben Scott points out that projects like this are provide benefits for all parties.  “From a cost control point of view, the use of labour resources who do not have to travel can offer the client better value, from a corporate social responsibility side we can offer experience & training that fosters sustainable economic growth for local communities.”

With the assistance of the Local Aboriginal Council and several training providers, the project target of 20% Indigenous Employment and Training being exceeded by almost double; and with the project delivered on time, on quality, and below budget, all project participants are considering this a big success.

Quadric Foreman on the project, Julian Desland commented, “I enjoyed the experience, the guys were eager to learn, hardworking and did top quality work. They valued the opportunity to work with us and after the first week wanted to know if there was overtime.  As a nature lover they taught me about the native plants and animals in the region, I like to think they taught me as much as I taught them.”

As part of “The Quadric Project – a social initiative”, Quadric will continue to engage in projects of high social value.  Peter Kowald Commercial Director explains,’ Over the years Quadric has built a reputation by partnering in our local industry. Now that Quadric are expanding its base operations we are moving this model to the local communities whether it be a remote community or just around the corner.”

Quadric supports the work of the ‘Close the Gap Coalition’, “a grouping of Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and community organisations — together with nearly 200,000 Australians is calling on governments to take real, measurable action to achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030”.

For more information on “The Quadric Project – a social initiative