In 2017, Intract Australia lost an incredible employee, Des Nicholls, who passed away suddenly. Des joined Intract in 2016 as a Supervisor and Trainer, quickly becoming a mentor and role model to the team. He was a highly valuable employee with a contagious smile and positive attitude.
In a short amount of time, Des made quite the impression on all who had the experience of working with him. At the time of his sudden passing Des was working on Intract’s largest project in South Australia – the Northern Connector.
Intract recently decided to create an award, in Des’ honour. The award to be bestowed upon an Intract employee who possesses the same passion, impressive work ethic and positivity that Des showed us all. The award to be presented at the company’s annual Christmas celebration.
On Wednesday 20th December 2017, John Briggs, General Manager of Southern Australia, alongside Des’ wife Ali Nicholls, presented the inaugural ‘Des Nicholls Award’ to James Clark-Rantasa. James is a proud Wirrangu man who has worked for Intract for seven year as a civil operator.
James has always been a quiet achiever who works well with others and needs the little direction to get the job done and who has proven over the years to be a great asset and valuable team member to Intract.
During the moving presentation, Ali’s speech brought the room to tears, talking about and sharing her love for Des and the legacy he has left behind for their son Tyson and friends and family.
Intract wishes to thank Ali and Tyson in their support to create this award.
Left to right: David McMahon, Andrew McMahon, Ali Nicholls, Tyson Nicholls, James Clark-Rantasa and John Briggs.