Bord na Móna - Source Issue 12 - (Page 7)

Bord na Móna staff and biking enthusiasts at the new bike track. BIKE TRACK OPENS IN THE MIDLANDS Biking fever let rip as the first-ever fully designed and planned bike track in Ireland opened in the heart of the midlands earlier this year. The new motor biking track is on land that was granted under lease by Bord na Móna to a local start-up company, Derryarkin Motocross. The 'Arrive and Ride' track is located close to Junction 3 on the M6 and is expected to attract quad drivers and bikers from across the region. The track at Derryarkin is 1,800 metres long and varies between six and ten metres wide, incorporating a series of turns, jumps and straights, all designed in accordance with Motorcycle Ireland rules and regulations. A bog rehabilitation trial was set up at Kilberry Bog, Co. Kildare, during the year. Using methods originally developed in Oweninny, field drains were blocked in a selected area of Kilberry that has been out of production for some time. The trial will examine whether holding more water in this area would aid re-vegetation and habitat development. Meanwhile, Red Grouse numbers at Ballydangan are set to increase with birds being transferred from another bog as part of the Ballydangan Red Grouse Project. Leaseholders Moore Gun Club continues to manage the site. 28 NEW CYCLISTS Fitness is on the up around the company with 28 bicycles ordered recently under the Cycle to Work Scheme. Twenty six bikes were ordered through Bikeit, with two ordered from BuildaBike. The ability to purchase locally and keep the business in the community is proving to be a bonus for all employees. First class honours Congratulations to Joe Ryan, Environmental Officer, Feedstock, who received a first class honours BA in law at Athlone Institute of Technology. He is pictured here (right) at his graduation with college President Ciarán Ó Catháin (left). BuildaBike stand in Newbridge. INNOVATION ON THE MOVE The Innovation Department is evolving, with the focus now centred on the commercial business activities, while the overall process will be overseen by a scaled-down centre. Innovation Team members have transferred to PowerGen to work on the energy export project (Clean Energy Hub) and to the Consumer and Professional business to work on low-intensity carbon fuels projects. More Innovation Team members will move to Resource Recovery and Anua early next year. All of these personnel will remain in close contact with the central innovation team for support in activities such as co-ordination of project-related tax credits, direct funding, maintenance of a groupwide portfolio of projects, identification of cross-business opportunities, and external partnerships. The staff in the centre are essentially moving from a delivery mode to a management/oversight role. SAFETY UNDER REVIEW Mountdillon was the location for the second meeting of the company's new Health and Safety Committee. The members discussed the company's accident statistics for the past three years, conveyor safety, rail safety, employee safety footwear, and the proposed safety guidance/alert documentation. Meanwhile, a new pre-tender checklist for contractors was forwarded to all site management. This is to ensure that all appropriate contractor documentation, qualifications and method statements are available for any contract work being undertaken within Bord na Móna. Source | 7 BUSINESS ROUND-UP REHABILITATION OF BOGS AND BIRDS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bord na Móna - Source Issue 12

Bord Na MóNa - Source Issue 12
Brown Gold
A Bright Future Beckons
Clean Energy Hub
A Good Year
Game On!
Sales Force
Project Update
Heritage Corner

Bord na Móna - Source Issue 12