McLaren Vale Business Awards
Awards presented by the McLaren Vale Business & Tourism Association recognise those achievers who work tirelessly in great regional businesses to provide outstanding service to their customers through innovative products and/or services.
- Finalist – Customer Service 2017
- Winner – Trades Award 2018
- Winner – Trades Award 2019
City of Onkaparinga ONBusiness Awards
The Messenger and The City of Onkaparinga recognise and reward outstanding local businesses within the council area. South Vac was a finalist in the Trades Category in the 2019 ON Business Awards.
Bendigo Community Bank Fleurieu Future Leaders
Our Director Natasha, was awarded a place in the 2019 Bendigo Bank Community Fleurieu Future Leaders Program. This is an exciting initiative aimed at creating a pipeline of future community leaders necessary to keep the Fleurieu a vibrant, vital region.
Hino Hero’s Australia
In January 2020 we became a Hino Hero! Hino celebrates hard working small businesses Australia wide!
South Vac Safety
Everyone at South Vac wants to make it home safe to their families, so we all work together to make sure that happens. Our Safety Officer has many years of experience working in Local and State Government as a Health and Safety Representative.
Our safety culture aims to:
- Encourage each other to care about and think about safety
- Talk about safety and share new ideas
- Identify risks and hazards
- Identify and use risk control measures
- Audit our safety procedures to make sure they are relevant and reliable
A copy of our Work Health and Safety Corporate Procedure, SWMS and Emergency Procedure are available by contacting the South Vac Office 0n 0408085502.
South Vac Cares About The Environment
Our safety and environmental policies are some of the most watertight in the industry. Our team has regular briefings on ecological and safety awareness and our policies and procedures are updated regularly.
Caring for the environment is the responsibility of managers, supervisors and employees at every level within the South Vac organisation.
We are committed to promoting environmental awareness in all operations at South Vac and within our industry. South Vac has an EPA Licence and works within EPA guidelines.
A copy of the South Vac Environmental Policy is available by contacting the South Vac Office on 0408085502.
The South Vac Quality Policy
Quality is important in all aspects of our business because we value our employees, stakeholders and customers. South Vac has established a Quality Management System which provides a framework for measuring and improving our performance through feedback, training, measurable objectives and auditing.
As a result we can offer the South Vac Quality Guarantee.
The South Vac Difference!
Locating Utilities Credentials
South Vac has gone a step further than most other Hydro Excavation companies. Two of our staff have been trained in identifying, locating and protecting underground services (RIICCM202D) with Staking U. This means that South Vac Staff can spot any problems before they occur, and they practise precise, low risk excavation around utilities.
Dedicated Environmental Officer
We have a dedicated Environmental Officer, Natasha Kearslake, who has tertiary qualifications in Natural Resource Management, and broad experience working for, and advising; State and Local Government. South Vac is committed to minimising its environmental impact and continually improving its performance as part of a growing environmentally-sustainable industry.
Natasha was awarded a place in the 2019 Bendigo Bank Community Fleurieu Future Leaders Program. This program creates key thinkers in the community that have the potential to move the region further toward being a world leader in economic and environmental sustainability.
Customer Service Team
Available seven days a week. Guaranteed 24-hour response time.
We know how frustrating it can be when you can’t get hold of a supplier, which is why we have a dedicated customer service team, available seven days a week. We promise to always return your calls and emails within 24 hours.
South Vac Industry Memberships
- Master Builders Association South Australia – HiVis
- McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association
- Brand SA
- Dial Before You Dig
- Onkaparinga ONBusiness
The South Vac Crew
South Vac Founder – Michael Filkin
Michael has worked in the Hydro Excavation industry for many years and has built up a reputation for quality workmanship with a smile!
Michael had a dream to start his own business because not only does he enjoy his job he recognised a growing need for environmentally sustainable options in the excavation industry.
Michael holds a Heavy Rigid Truck Licence, Gas Officer Card and is trained in Confined Spaces, Asbestos Awareness and First Aid.
Award Winner – Will Filkin
In addition to his HR Licence, Gas Officer Card and White Card; Will has been trained in identifying, locating and protecting underground services (RIICCM202D) with Staking U. Will’s expertise and advice means he can spot problems before they occur ensuring a safe excavation.
Will has fully embraced our Company values – caring for the environment, safety, innovation, customer relations and philanthropy. This was recognised by the community when he won the Trades Category at the McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Awards in 2018.
Our Crew Credentials
People are the most valuable asset at South Vac, so we invest in them accordingly. The South Vac Crew are well trained, aware of their health, safety and environmental responsibilities, and enjoy a supportive working environment.
All South Vac staff hold:
- White Card (Work Safely in the Construction Industry)
- Current First Aid Certificate
- Confined Space Certificate
- Gas Officer Card