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Varley turns 130!

Tomago - Honour Board Inductees






Yesterday Varley Group was delighted to celebrate our 130th Birthday with afternoon tea parties at each of our facilities around Australia.

The feature piece of the afternoon was the unveiling an Honour Board at our Tomago Head Office.

The ‘Ray Hall Memorial Honour Board’ – named after our beloved former employee of 70 years – acknowledges the following current and former employees whom have served Varley for more than 30 years throughout the our long history:

-          Raymond Hall (commenced: 1940, years: 70)

-          Edward (Ted) Bunn (commenced: 1946, years: 39)

-          Dennis Beveridge (commenced: 1965, years: 51)

-          Anthony Potter (commenced: 1965, years: 44)

-          Clement Varley (commenced: 1966, years: 34)

-          Kevin Johnston (commenced: 1967, years: 42)

-          Michael O’Rourke (commenced: 1971, years: 42)

-          Richard Hadden (commenced: 1971, years: 38)

-          William Riley (commenced: 1973, years: 34)

-          Dennis Gardiner (commenced: 1974, employed to date)

-          Kerry (Ross) Wells (commenced: 1985, employed to date)

-          Scott Foy (commenced: 1985, employed to date)

-          Andrew Henderson (commenced: 1986, years: 30)

-          Stephen Dart (commenced 1986, employed to date)

-          Brian Heslop (commenced 1986, employed to date)

-          David Aitchison (commenced 1986, employed to date)

Many of the above Honour Board inductees and their families were in attendance at the ceremony yesterday, alongside their families, current Varley employees, directors and VIP guests.

We were also delighted to host Peg Hall to unveil the Honour Board, representing her late husband Ray whom sadly passed away in 2010.

Varley are proud to celebrate such a momentous occasion together with many integral members of the company and wish to sincerely thank all whom have contributed to Varley’s success throughout the past 130 years.

Hunter Valley EV Festival

Be sure to visit the Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival this weekend for a fun family event showcasing the latest in Australian EV technology!

We'll have a range of electric carts and utilities on display, so pop in and see our friendly team to find out more about Varley Electric Vehicles!

See you there - Cameron Park Raceway, both days this weekend from 10am to 4pm!


MAJOR NEWS: Varley and Jets soaring together again in 2016-17

Varley Group MD, Jeff Phillips, with Newcastle Jets CEO, Lawrie McKinna, at Varley's Tomago facility this week.

“Varley Group are proud to continue our partnership with the Newcastle Jets into what is a new and encouraging era for not only the Club but also Novocastrian sport.

“At Varley Group we place the highest importance on actively supporting the local community, and sponsoring the Jets is one of the many ways we wish to give back to the Hunter region.

“Under Lawrie McKinna and the Ledman Group the future of the Newcastle Jets appears remarkably bright. Varley Group are excited to share in the Club’s progression throughout the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season."

- Jeff Phillips, Varley Group Managing Director

Full story: http://www.newcastlejets.com.au/article/news-varley-group-reaffirms-jets-support/18aw4bqp7q01y1n4ow3n3rugeh

‘The Heart Bus’

If you happened to tune in to Australian Story on ABC last night, you will have seen the wonderful story of Dr Gomes and the Heart of Australia mobile cardiology clinic – affectionately known as ‘The Heart Bus’:


Varley Group proudly manufactured this appliance at our Queensland facility between February and October 2014, utilising on average more than a dozen skilled employees at a time from design through to manufacture. The vehicle is a large divisibl load semi-trailer requiring expert planning by all parties involved to ensure the compliant and functional installation of sensitive medical equipment, power generation facilities, hygiene amenities, disabled accessibility and features common to standard medical facilities such as waiting areas, consult rooms and reception areas.

The vast size of the trailer was also a momentous challenge to overcome; legally the largest trailer appliance allowed to be built for use on Australian roads, significant engineering skill and dexterity was poured into the project. Varley worked diligently to develop a concept that satisfied all compliance limitations, yet still suited the vehicle’s ultimate purpose of acting as a fully-functional examination clinic on wheels.

The design and production of the trailer was such a success that, not only are Heart of Australia and Dr Gomes utilising the appliance with such momentous achievement, but the innovative concept is also being translated across to additional mobile service vehicle designs including libraries and other health facilities.

Time lapse footage of Varley’s construction of the momentous appliance can also be viewed on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7CLTIwIHn0

We offer our congratulations to all involved with the project and their well-deserved recognition by Australian Story and the ABC. We are proud to have been part of such a remarkable achievement.

30 Years for Brian and Stephen

Jeff with Brian (left) and Stephen (right) during today’s ceremony.

Congratulations to Brian Heslop and Stephen Dart who both celebrate a remarkable 30 years with Varley this month.

In a ceremony with many colleagues and friends, Brian and Stephen were presented with gifts by managing director Jeff Phillips, and shared nostalgic stories of their time with Varley.
We sincerely thank Brian and Stephen for their lasting hard work over so many years!


Varley Group Interoperability

Pictured: Morgan Frew (left) and Aaron Morgan (absent: Nat Barnes and Andrew Durer).

Varley expresses our thanks to employees Aaron Morgan, Morgan Frew, Andrew Durer and Nat Barnes for their recent valuable group interoperability efforts.

As a national company with over 600 employees spread across multiple sites, Varley relies upon many skilled employees to share their knowledge, abilities and work ethic with each other to ensure maximum job quality and complete customer satisfaction.

Aaron, Morgan, Andrew and Nat travelled interstate and worked long and hard hours away from home to ensure that particular projects were carried out on-time, without issue and to budget. Their work is of tremendous value to the company and we sincerely thank them for their efforts.

HBA finalists in 2016!

We are proud to have been selected as finalists in the 'Contribution to the Region' category at this year's Hunter Business Awards!

Varley are active participants in the Hunter community and have been for 130 years; we therefore sincerely appreciate the Hunter Business Chamber's recognition of this contribution.

We also wish all other finalists the best of luck with the upcoming awards, set to take place Friday 5 August.

Find out more at: http://www.businesschamber.com.au/Hunter/Events/Hunter-Business-Awards