Cyril accepts the award as Premier Bligh watches on.
Cyril accepts the award as Premier Bligh watches on. Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

Mr Gladstone wins award

CYRIL Golding, the 89-year-old founder of one of Queensland’s largest privately-owned companies, has been recognised for his services to the state’s resources sector.

Described both as a living icon and ‘Mr Gladstone’, he was today awarded the Queensland Resources Council Medal by Premier Anna Bligh at the QRC’s annual resources sector lunch.

The medal is awarded annually to recognise a significant contribution to the minerals and energy sector in Queensland.

In 1942, at just 22 years of age, Mr Golding founded Cyril Golding Earthmoving, later to become known as Golding Contractors.

The mining services and civil infrastructure company now employs more than 1000 people and operates one of the largest privately-owned mining and earthmoving fleets in the Southern Hemisphere.

Mr Golding was a great innovator, inventing tipping truck bodies in the 1940s to allow easy unloading and in the 1980s taking up new computer technology by teaching himself programming language to write his own applications.

In the 1960s Cyril forged an enduring partnership with Queensland Alumina in Gladstone and in the 1970s took his business into contract mining and civil works at Mary Kathleen and in the Bowen Basin.

Since then Golding Contractors has undertaken major projects for the resources sector including the Boyne Island Smelter, the RG Tanna Coal Terminal, the Townsville Zinc Refinery, Phosphate Hill mine, and numerous coal mine contracts.

When Cyril Golding stepped down from the company in late 2007 after 65 years at the helm, Golding Contractors had five regional offices and an annual turnover of $450 million.

QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said Mr Golding was the epitome of a quiet achiever and great philanthropist with his work for the Gladstone community earning him the title, Mr Gladstone.

"Cyril was the first citizen to receive the keys of the City of Gladstone in 2008 and this year he represented Queensland at the Australian of the Year in the Local Hero Award category,’ Mr Roche said..

"Cyril represents the best of the best in our industry and it’s the initiative, passion and inventiveness of people such as Cyril that have made this industry the great creator of prosperity for Queensland that it has become.’

It was the third time the QRC medal had been presented, previous winners being Professor Don McKee and Ian McAuley.

About 750 people attended the lunch, which was addressed by the Premier Anna Bligh.

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