Passion for Industry - Brendan Ostwald profile

Posted June 1, 2015


Brendan Ostwald

Growing up across regional and remote parts of Queensland solidified Brendan Ostwald’s passion for industry and love for the outback.

So much so, that at the age of just 23 he decided to start his own business focusing on areas west of the Great Dividing Range.

Ostwald Bros was founded in 1990 and over the years has transformed from a one brother, one employee operation to a family business including three of Mr Ostwald’s brothers and his father and a workforce in excess of 800.

The company offers operational services in contracting, mining, construction materials, facilities and accommodation, transport and bulk haulage, and rural enterprise.

“I went to schools in Moranbah, Taroom, Toowoomba, Dalby and finally boarding school in Brisbane for Years 11 and 12,” Mr Ostwald said.

“I was around mining and construction activity. Moving in the different environments really reinforced for me the industry I wanted to work in.”

After Year 12 Mr Ostwald completed a diesel fitting apprenticeship and performed a number of operating and supervisory roles within industry.

Then it was time to ‘do it for himself’, said Mr Ostwald.

“I wanted to create something that my brothers would like to join me in,” Mr Ostwald said.

Mr Ostwald now sits as the chief executive officer for the company and describes his leadership style as ‘inclusive and empowering’.

“I don’t pretend to be the smartest person in the room. I like to help people see the sky and motivate their individual personal development and potential,” he said.

“I’m not a dictator. I’m more about wanting to learn. I think we’re a learning organisation. I’m a sponge, I just can’t take enough in.”

In his position Mr Ostwald has watched the industry grow and develop in Queensland.

The company was a key part of the Clermont coal mine project up until last year.

“We were involved in that from clearing the first tree in 2007 to a seven- year continual on-site presence until just last year,” he said.

“I was also part of the ResourcesQ initiative … I really enjoyed being involved in that.”

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