More than four kilometres of toilet paper and over four million paper towels were used and replenished over the four days of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event – Fieldays.
A ten-strong cleaning team from OCS New Zealand will worked around the clock to cater to the over 130,000 visitors through the gate. OCS also employed 20 students and five teachers from Huntly College who usef this year’s Fieldays to raise funds for their school.
Mystery Creek operations and facilities coordinator, Anita Oliver says the buildup for the event started six weeks prior with large marquees and site builds requiring thousands of workers, meaning the cleaning and servicing of sites also begins at this time.
“Fieldays becomes a mini city over this time. The electricity used alone could power 16 New Zealand homes for an entire year.”
Headed by OCS specialist services manager, Gary Sanders, and site supervisor, Leah Tai, the team spent approximately 20 hours on site each day split between two shifts; 7am to 5pm and 5pm to 2am.
Mr Sanders says Fieldays covers 114 hectares, which includes around 180 toilet facilities and 1,000 exhibition sites.
“We serviced each and every one of these toilets and cleaned many of the sites each day. The team also cleaned each of the buildings from top to bottom and other odd jobs like cleaning Mercedes-Benz’ trucks.
“The immense nature of the event meant the team took a proactive approach when servicing Fieldays, opening additional facilities for the event’s contractors as the team saw the need arise,” says Mr Sanders.
Over the four days, Fieldays hosted up to 30 sub events, meetings and conferences which require scheduled cleaning, prior, during and post.
Ms Oliver says some venues only had a mere hour between events. OCS worked this into their schedule and provided a seamless service.
“They made my job a lot easier and I am thankful for their professionalism, friendliness and willingness to go the extra mile. They take pride in our site.
“The OCS team are not only a very important part in making Fieldays a success, they are looked upon as part of the Mystery Creek family.”
OCS is New Zealand’s largest facilities management company with more than 4,000 staff and 25 branches from Kaitaia to Invercargill. The company has been servicing Fieldays at Mystery Creek for the past three years.