Lismore City Council sports field fabrication supervisor Daniel Kubelka (left), sports field team member Brendon Lane and team leader Warren Baxter with their invention – an apparatus that makes the installation and removal of goalposts safer.
Lismore City Council sports field fabrication supervisor Daniel Kubelka (left), sports field team member Brendon Lane and team leader Warren Baxter with their invention – an apparatus that makes the installation and removal of goalposts safer. Jay Cronan

Council trio kicking goals

LISMORE City Council may have been accused of shifting goalposts in the past, but it certainly has not won a WorkCover award nomination for it before.

In a North Coast first, innovative council workers who came up with a clever solution to changing goalposts of the literal kind, in a town with four football codes, have done just that.

Lismore City Council's sports field team member Brendon Lane, workshop fabrication supervisor Dan Kubelka and sports field team leader Warren Baxter have been nominated as finalists in the 2011 WorkCover NSW SafeWork Awards for an apparatus they invented to lift goal posts.

Lismore City Council general manager Gary Murphy said the nomination was well deserved.

"This was a great team effort where two of our departments put their heads together and shared ideas on how to make an unsafe work practice safe, using high-level skills and ingenuity," Mr Murphy said.

"The device is safe, efficient and easy to use and overall the project and the resulting industry recognition has been a great achievement for council staff and further emphasises this organisation's strong focus on safety."

The trio copped a high-spirited ribbing from their workmates as they posed for photographs while demonstrating the device that can quickly and safely install and remove the posts.

Mr Baxter said while it was a team effort, he was surprised to receive the nomination for just doing his job - although he added the three of them were "more than happy" to accept the trip to the ceremony and dinner at the Parkside Ballroom in Sydney's Darling Harbour.



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