Mr Wirth takes up his new duties in June, which will focus on regional expansion of Swissport.In taking on the role, he will replace Tommy Watt, who announced his retirement after four years with the company following its acquisition of Servisair in 2013 – where Mr Watt worked as chief operating officer.Over a 40-year career, Mr Watt held numerous positions in the ground handling sector.Eric Born, group president and chief executive of Swissport International, described the UK and Ireland as important markets for the ground handler.“We are committed to ensure a smooth transition and to continue to deliver services to our valued customers with reliability, consistency and quality,” added Mr Born.“We all wish Tommy only the best for his future.” By Alexander Whiteman 14/03/2017 Swissport has appointed Luzius Wirth (pictured above) chief executive of its UK and Ireland operations.Mr Wirth has agreed to pair his new role with his existing job of executive vice president group services for the ground handler.Mr Wirth’s career has seen him work as a consultant for both IBM and PwC before moving on to McKinsey, where he took responsibility for project management.He then moved to US chemical company NCH Europe as head of strategy and planning but less than a year later moved to Swissport, where he has spent the past five years.
Joint effort behind bushfire animal welfare response Agencies and organisations and have worked together to assess animal welfare impacts as result of the fire in Wooroloo last week.The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), City of Swan, Shire of Mundaring and number of local community groups, associations and volunteers came together to co-ordinate animal welfare efforts.The majority of the animals and wildlife found and checked by vets during the Wooroloo bushfires this month were found alive and well.One possum, 46 alpacas, 30 pigeons and three donkeys are among a list of more than 750 animals checked by the animal welfare response team, made up of City of Swan, Shire of Mundaring, DPIRD, and local vets.Between February 2 and 7, they visited impacted areas to search for and treat pets, wildlife and livestock, with 11 per cent requiring treatment, and animal losses making up less than two per cent.City of Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey said it was an outstanding effort and applauded the team who worked hard to save these vulnerable animals in a dangerous and stressful situation.“All our animals, big and small, are precious and we thank everyone who has stopped to help injured wildlife during the recent bushfires,” he said.Shire of Mundaring President John Daw applauded the fantastic work of DPIRD staff, vets and Shire and City Rangers who had the difficult task of visiting impacted properties areas to find and treat injured animals.“People love their animals and it must have been very distressing for those in the fire zone to know their animals were in danger,” Cr Daw said.“This result is a great testament to how wonderful collaboration between local government and state agencies such as DPIRD can be during an emergency situation.”DPRID worked closely with the Committee for Animal Welfare in Emergencies to co-ordinate the animal welfare response to the fires at Wooroloo.DPIRD Incident and Emergency Director Pam I’Anson said the Australian Veterinary Association WA Branch and many organisations and private veterinary professionals at the Wooroloo fire incident control centre completed assessments of impacted properties with animals in the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring.“This has involved up to 40 veterinary professionals each day, many who volunteered their time,” Ms I’Anson said.“Veterinary response teams visited impacted properties within the fire ground with approximately 750 animals and wildlife assessed and/or treated.“The majority of animals and wildlife were found alive and required only assessment and feed and water supply. Animal and wildlife losses include a small number of chickens, sheep, horses, cattle, alpacas and kangaroos.”DPIRD, the City of Swan and the Shire of Mundaring also worked in partnership to set up animal feed distribution centres in Bullsbrook, Gidgegannup and Chidlow.Ms I’Anson said the feed distribution centres were being stocked with donations that include large and small bales of hay, pellets, dog and cat food, water drinking bowls, animal leads and animal health products.The City of Wanneroo also provided an animal evacuation location for properties impacted by the fire in the neighbouring local government areas. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:animal welfare, Australian, Australian Veterinary Association, Bullsbrook, Chidlow, City of Swan, evacuation, Gidgegannup, Government, local council, President, regional development, Swan, veterinary, WA, Wanneroo, Western Australia, Wooroloo