Last Friday saw the honouring of outstanding women and organisations who are shaping the future of the Queensland construction industry.
The annual Awards for Excellence event is one of the most prestigious diversity awards programs in Queensland. In addition to the 10 Award categories offered in previous years, this year an 11th Award – the BUSSQ Apprentice Tradestart program – was also presented on the night to Natalie Christian, a plumbing apprentice as part of an initiative to help kick-start female apprenticeships.
According to Jen Gillet, NAWIC Queensland’s President, the annual Awards for Excellence “recognise worthy nominees who are all pushing buttons and boundaries and who are our industry’s next big game changers”.
“We all know the construction industry culture needs a shift. We need our daughters and sons to know that building Queensland is not only a privilege, but a rewarding and exciting career choice without boundaries. The past few years NAWIC Queensland has seen a change for the better but we need to maintain momentum because empowered women transform societies.”
Among the winners were Becky Paroz and Rachael Turner. Becky a successful engineer, industry leading project manager, company director and global professional mentor, received the coveted Lendlease Crystal Vision Award for Advancing the Interests of Women in the Construction Industry whilst Rachael, the owner and director of residential construction company Front Porch Properties, was awarded the ADCO Constructions Award for Achievement as a Businesswoman.
These are the 2019 NAWIC Queensland Awards for Excellence winners:
John Holland Award for Innovation
Winner: Helen Renton, John Holland
Probuild Award for Achievement in Design
Winner: Dee Passenger, Cottee Parker
Winner: Stacy Curtis, Jacobs
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Award for Diversity
Winner: Together as One Flexibility and Inclusion Program, Hastings Deering
Dial Before You Dig Award for Achievement in Construction (Civil Works)
Winner: Ivette Nino, Pensar
Bluescope Award for Achievement in Construction (General/Building)
Winner: Caitlin Smith, Multiplex, 300 George Street Project
Construction Skills Queensland Award for Achievement by a Tradesperson
Winner: Bec Fisher, Servcore
Winner: Erin Richardson, Hutchinson Builders
ADCO Constructions – Award for Achievement as a Businesswoman
Winner: Rachael Turner, Front Porch Properties
MULTIPLEX Building Super Award for Achievement in Health, Safety and/or Environment
Winner: Laure Arias, Pensar
BUSSQ Award to a Young Achiever
Winner: Emily Wyatt, Multiplex
Lendlease Crystal Vision Award
Winner: Becky Paroz, Queen B Project Systems
The BUSSQ Apprentice Tradestart Program
Winner: Natalie Christian