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Congratulations to the 2017 Community Award and Innovation Award Winners

Congratulations to the MTA Queensland 2017 Community and Innovation Awards winners.

Community Award:

Awarded to Mark Dodge Motoring in Cairns for their long-standing and deep connection with their community. Owners Mark and Sharon Dodge recognise the importance of that relationship through sponsoring local sporting teams, volunteering at charitable events, sponsoring awards for up-and-coming young business personnel, organising fundraisers and working with school based trainees. Last year, the couple established the ‘the Team’ (Together Everyone Achieves More), a place where everyone within the Mark Dodge Motoring community can feel part of a group and which aims to reflect this same idea outside of the workplace by encouraging staff, family and friends to be continually involved with the charitable events.

Mark Dodge Motoring also actively takes part in a School-Based Trainee programme that, over the last 10 years, has encouraged young individuals to get a head-start in their chosen career and enabled many students to build confidence and gain valuable skills to assist with future employment.

Innovation Award:

Awarded to EV North for work in rebuilding internal combustion engine vehicles to run as plug in Electric Vehicles (EVs). Owner Michael Lunn has been working in the EV sphere for years converting vehicles to electric power. Taking the possibilities of that power even further, EV North’s workshop, and all its processes including welding and machining, run via solar power. 

After receiving the Innovation Award at the President’s Ball, Michael spoke about EV North pioneering new battery modification tech and battery management systems; how they were working on the development of a battery pack that will last for 300-400km; were pioneering a solid-state air-conditioning system and were looking at the production of a vehicle using open-platform technology.



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