State resources sector pays tribute to industry pioneer
THE resources sector is mourning the loss of industry pioneer Cyril Golding, affectionately known around Queensland as Mr Gladstone.
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said Mr Golding would be most fondly remembered by the Gladstone community for his and wife Shirley's support of local charities and community organisations.
"Among the many accolades for his philanthropic work, Cyril was the first citizen to receive the keys of the City of Gladstone in 2008, and in 2009 represented Queensland at the Australian of the Year in the Local Hero Award category," Mr Roche said.
"People like Cyril come along once in a lifetime, and QRC members count themselves very fortunate in having known and worked with him so closely over many years.
"I extend our deepest condolences to his family on behalf of all Cyril Golding's friends in the Queensland resources sector," Mr Roche said.
The winner of the 2009 QRC Medal for his contribution to the Queensland minerals and energy sector, Mr Golding was born in Gladstone in 1920 and at 22 started an earthmoving business.
During the 1940s he engineered a tipping body for his trucks while competitors were still forced to unload by hand, and over the next 20 years built his company through an enduring partnership with Queensland Alumina in Gladstone.
By the 1970s Mr Golding expanded his business into contract mining and civil works at the Mary Kathleen uranium mine and in the Bowen Basin.
Golding Contractors are synonymous with projects including the Boyne Island Smelter, the RG Tanna Coal Terminal, Townsville Zinc Refinery and numerous coal mines.
When Mr Golding stepped down from the company in late 2007 - more than 65 years after founding it - Golding Contractors was one of Queensland's largest privately-owned companies with five regional offices, a team of more than 1000 employees and annual turnover of $450 million.
Mr Golding was 92 when he died on Sunday.