President’s Message 2014

On behalf of the CSDAA Executive Team I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members and contractors an enjoyable festive season break. A majority of members will be taking some well-earned time off for rest and relaxation, which is important for members and their families.

For those members who are not as fortunate and are required to work through the late December early January period, please ensure you’re safe and take the time to assess what you are doing. Fatigue can quickly impact operators at this time of year. I don’t need to remind those in the industry that the Christmas period is a busy time and rushing through work tasks to knock off early can be a recipe for disaster.

Looking back at the last 12 months some would say the year has gone far too fast with the industry experiencing some good and bad results. If you are not happy about something, let us know through the web site or contact us directly. Over the past few months we have been taking on board many of the suggestions and recommendations discussed at General and State Meetings we have across Australia. As the old saying goes “if we don’t know is broke – we can’t fix it”.

To everyone that has contributed to the Jarred Clayton Fund – a very big thank you again for your donations in this worthy cause. For those that have not yet donated, here is your last chance before the fund closes to provide some comfort for those that miss Jarred the most. Please see the subsequent article for fund details.

The AGM is on Friday 13th February 2015, with more information being distributed by email and through our newsletters. For those that are not aware the change in the association constitution has brought in a few changes to the nomination process for executive members. These are now twelve month positions requiring annual voting for election and re-election.

There is always a lot of rumour about the makeup of the executive committee and the alleged secret business that goes on behind closed doors. For those members that have the time, passion and commitment to actively participate on the executive, I would encourage you to nominate and see firsthand what really takes place.

In closing be safe, be happy, and I hope Santa brings what you ask for….

Jason Franken – President CSDAA

Just 18 months after turning off one son’s life support the Clayton family was forced to do it again for their 27-year-old son Jarred

claytonTwo thousand and fourteen is drawing to an end, as we look forward to the Christmas break and some time off to share with family and friends. I make special mention of this because of the recent tragedy in Queensland with the sudden passing of Jarred Clayton. There are very few words that can adequately account for the loss and suffering Jarred’s parents, Graham and Leanne, sister Bree along with loving wife Leigh are feeling at this time.

Jarred was a respected and valued member of Condrill Services in Queensland, and will be sorely missed by those that grew up and worked with him. In support of Leigh who is expecting their first child in the coming months, I ask that we all provide support to ease some of their burden caused by his loss.

The CSDAA has set up a contribution fund to accept all donations on behalf of Leigh Clayton to provide financial support in their time of need. I would ask all employers to share this tragic event with their staff and join with us as a collective group to show support and help all those who knew Jarred get through this difficult time.

The CSDAA is raising funds to help the family and offer support moving forward. If you would like to donate please deposit your donation in the following account

Jarred Clayton Fundraising account
BSB: 084-917
Account: 74-446-7914

For those that did not know Jarred there is a moving tribute that was published in the Gold Coast Bulletin on the 23rd October 2014. To read more please CLICK HERE to read more.

Thank you for your support.
Jason Franken – President


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