New Indigenous Company Launched

Pickwick is proud to announce the launch of Pickwick 1A Facilities Services & Recruitment Pty Ltd, ABN 87 621 907 248 and trading as Pickwick 1A Services. This newly formed facility services and labour hire company will provide a range of commercial cleaning and related services to corporate business, all levels of government, and community and social enterprises.

Pickwick 1A Services is one of our responses to creating reconciliation with Indigenous people along with the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP). This policy aims to leverage the Commonwealth’s annual multi-billion procurement spend to drive demand for Indigenous goods and services, stimulate Indigenous economic development, and grow the Indigenous business sector. In addition, Pickwick 1A Services will work with corporate Australia who as part of their own reconciliation efforts with First Australians understand the importance for the country and nationhood in engaging with Indigenous businesses on equal terms.

Initially Pickwick 1A Services will operate alongside and with the support of Pickwick Group Pty Ltd and utilise and build upon Pickwick Group’s knowledge, expertise and systems. However, its whole purpose is to be a standalone Indigenous controlled and operated enterprise. The Company is majority Indigenous owned (51%) by Syl Johns, a descendant of the Larrakia nation near Darwin and Carol Malone, a descendant from the Gubbi Gubbi people of the Wide Bay-Burnett area.  The 1A stands for both First Australians and the highest of standards.  The Company aims to contribute to reconciliation through the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in operational, administrative, and management roles.


Thank Your Cleaner Day

Thank Your Cleaner Day is a special day held annually and dedicated to cleaners to show they are valued and appreciated for helping keep our work environments clean and hygienic.  This year it was Wednesday 18th October.

Cleaners are the unsung heroes of almost every workplace. Their efforts often taken for granted and unnoticed allow us to get on with our own work.  You may not even see your cleaner.  Just like the elves in The Elves and the Shoemaker classic fairy tale they appear in the quiet of night, just do their work and then vanish without praise or acclaim.  Pickwick’s cleaners come from all walks of life and a multitude of backgrounds. All work hard and deserve a hearty ‘well-done’ for their efforts.

As part of celebrations held around Australia a fantastic lunch was had by the Pickwick team at the Optus campus in Sydney.  The team enjoyed a catered lunch served by both Optus and Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS) management.  Pickwick wishes to thank Sam Buric (Optus National Facilities Manager), Andrew Belgum (Optus Corporate & Retail Facilities Manager), Glynn Clayton (BGIS Corporate & Retail Operations Manager) and Donna Ferguson (BGIS Campus Facilities Manager Optus Centre Sydney) for making the day so memorable to our staff.