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QLD Plumbers Celebrate Awards

The state’s peak organisation representing plumbers, the Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ), has celebrated industry achievements with the staging of their annual awards dinner on Friday 17 August in Brisbane. The 13th annual awards presentation included 12 top honors for apprentices, individuals and companies.


Aaron Hewitt from Hewitt’s Plumbing has been awarded with the title of the Master Plumbers’ Apprentice of the Year, while Cameron Scott from JBJ Enterprise Plumbing and Draining has won the Construction Skills Queensland Merv Harris Memorial Bursary Award.

Keegan Owen from the Gold Coast took out the new Australian Industry Trade College School Based Apprentice of the Year Award.

M & R Hudson Plumbing has taken out the CBUS Domestic and Residential Technical Award for a magnificent Burleigh Waters bathroom renovation. The bathroom was renovated to enlarge usesable floor space and achieved a minimalist look through effective layout, quality fixture selection and an extremely high standard of plumbing work.

Simpson’s Gas Service has won the Origin Domestic and Residential Gas Installation Award for their gas installation work on a home at Sunshine Beach.

Fairfield Services from Capalaba has been rewarded with enormous industry accolades taking out three awards.
The company was awarded the Services Trades Queensland Award Best Workplace Health & Safety Management System Award, Services Trades Queensland Award Best Solution to an Identified Workplace Health & Safety Issue and the prestigious Plumbing Industry Council Environmental Plumber of the Year Award.

Michael McGuinness, MPAQ Chief Executive Officer, says the highest accolade was awarded to the company for their work on Brisbane’s latest high-rise addition One One One Eagle Street. “One One One Eagle Street is a new 6-Star Green-Star building in Brisbane’s CBD, standing at 54 floors high and taking three years to construct.”
“The building uses rainwater and has its own onsite greywater treatment plant that can process up to 16,000 litres per day. The rainwater and treated greywater are stored in a 60,000 litre water tank positioned on the top floor of the building, which is then distributed to the building’s toilet amenities.”

The Natural Gas Commercial and Industrial Gas Installation Award has been presented to MTC Gas Australia. This year the company performed significant natural gas work for a project at Highgate Hill which required strategic planning for the relocation of 73 domestic natural gas metres.
PHP Contractors has won the QLeave Commercial and Technical Award for their work on the QUT SciTech Precint.

The winner of this year’s simPRO Industry Leadership Award has gone to Max Hunter. Max has been a plumbing inspector for the last 31 years and is currently Senior Plumbing Inspector at Southern Downs Regional Council. Max is also involved in many plumbing committees and councils, and has been the President of the Institute of Plumbing Inspectors Queensland since 2008.

The winner of the AHSCA Qld Hydraulic Consultant of the Year Award goes to Victor Cross from Chilton Woodward and Associates.
Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) Chief Executive Officer, Michael McGuinness says the level of competition this year was intense and all winners should be congratulated.

“The outstanding level of competition this year highlights the huge developments within the industry in recent times. As a profession the emphasis on further training and technical development of the workforce is now really coming to the fore and being reflected in innovative and clever approaches to work that take in not only the customers needs but environmental and health needs as well.” Mr McGuinness says the awards play a vital role in the overall development of the industry.

“There’s always keen interest in our annual awards thanks largely to our sponsors which include: Australian Industry Trade College, Plumbing Industry Council, QLeave, Origin, CBUS, Natural Gas, simPRO Software, Construction Skills Queensland, Services Trades Queensland, Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland, Association of Hydraulic Services Consultants Qld chapter Australia BUSS(Q) Building Super, Caroma and Tyco Backflow Systems.”

“We would also like to thank this year’s special guest speaker, the Honorable Dr. Bruce Flegg, Minister for Housing and Public Works.
“The event recognises the achievements of outstanding apprentices, individuals and companies. It is a sign that the industry itself is meeting the challenges and providing opportunities for Australian apprentices.”


Article courtesy of MPAQ.


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