Proudly part of the Gladstone community for 30 years!

Orica is a proud Australian company having its origins in the 1874 Victorian gold rush.  In 1990 the Hubble Space Telescope launched, the world wide web started, and Orica opened its site at Yarwun employing 70 people.

Thirty years on and Orica employs more than 200 people in the Gladstone area and is a major contributor to the Central Queensland region.

On Thursday 6 August, the Orica Yarwun team came together to celebrate 30 years of operation at the site.  Gathering on a sunny Queensland afternoon, they enjoyed a lunchtime celebration to officially mark the occasion (with social distancing and COVID-19 protocols in place to stay safe).

The original staff called themselves the “G Force” and six of them have remained working at the site for three decades;  Fay, Jeffrey, Kevin, Rod, Charles & Rob.

Mr Bertus Devilliers, Vice President for Continuous Manufacturing, joined the celebrations and shared his thoughts on this important milestone achievement.  “The Yarwun Orica family has survived, thrived and expanded. It is a proud day for Orica. Yarwun is a significant part of the organisation’s global footprint and a core part of our Australian manufacturing network,” Bertus said.

Mr Viney Kumar, Site Manager at Yarwun, thanked his team for their ongoing commitment and dedication to Orica, and expressed his excitement for the future.  “I look forward to continuing to improve the plant for future generations to come,” Viney said.

Highlights of the day included team members sharing their stories of the early days and reminiscing over old issues of the “Yarwun Yarns” Newsletter.  The lunch event wrapped up with a giant Orica cake cutting ceremony.

Building a manufacturing plant at Yarwun has allowed Orica to be close to the critically important Queensland mining industries.

Orica Yarwun utilises cutting edge technology, quality management systems and strict safety systems to maintain its focus on producing safe and efficient products.  Ammonium Nitrate and Sodium Cyanide are produced at the site and all operations are conducted in accordance with mandated applicable regulations, and Orica’s Global Safety, Health and Environment standards.  Safety Manager, Yasmine Vosper confirms “Orica takes a lot of pride in being a responsible and sustainable member of the Gladstone community.”

For over 30 years, Orica has invested in many community projects in the Gladstone area. Most recently, Orica is hugely proud to be the strategic partner of The Smith Family in Gladstone, investing half a million dollars to bring the Learning for Life program to our community. Over 600 students from disadvantaged backgrounds have been placed on this educational support program, which will help change the trajectory of their lives. To find out more about the program and what you can do to help, head to www.thesmithfamily.com.au/programs/learning-for-life.