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$6,000 Donated to Orange Sky Australia at MPAQ’s 2017 Plumbing and Gas Summit – Featuring Keynote Speaker Shane Webcke


Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) proudly presented the 2017 Plumbing and Gas Summit on Thursday 12 October at Victoria Park Golf Complex in Brisbane. Attended by plumbing and gas contracting business owners, industry suppliers and representative leaders throughout South-East Queensland, over 150 people spent a full day learning and networking.

Throughout 2017, MPAQ endeavoured to encourage members at over ten events run by the Association to donate funds for Orange Sky Australia, the world's first free mobile laundry and hot shower service for the homeless. A total of $6,000 was raised and presented to Orange Sky Australia representative, Kelly Wishart.

MPAQ Executive Director, Penny Cornah, highlighted how Orange Sky Australia is such as worthy cause.

“We’re so proud that MPAQ’s members and other event attendees throughout the year have dug deep and showed that we can come together for such a great cause,” said Ms. Cornah.

The 2017 Plumbing & Gas Summit was the perfect event to present the donation and showcase the commitment of MPAQ’s members and other industry representatives to the community.

“The purpose of this event was to create learning opportunities for industry individuals, but also to show our support as a collective of deserving initiatives such as Orange Sky Australia.”

Having Queensland’s Safety Ambassador, Shane Webcke also attend and speak gave the chance for attendees to hear from someone whose life was dramatically affected through a workplace incident, and re-iterate the importance of our industry collectively spreading awareness to our workmates and employees on the importance of safety at work.

‘Our members are faced with risks to their safety every day on the job,” Ms. Cornah said.

“Shane spoke about his life, football and other battles, but above all else he underlined the importance of staying strong in the face of adversity and never giving up. His story about his father’s passing in a workplace incident was both confronting and moving. It’s a reminder to our members that deal with high risk conditions every day that it’s important to remain aware and educated to the dangers involved in their trade.”

Ms. Cornah also highlighted the importance of the Association’s role in supporting the growth of Queensland plumbing and gas businesses.

“The growth of our industry relies on a holistic focus of technical and legislative knowledge, business acumen and influential networks,” she said.

Other keynote speakers on the day included Brett Bassett, Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), who discussed the new laws for non-conforming building products, the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill 2017, as well as Dr, Richard Bentham from Hindmarsh Water Treatment who spoke about legionella and the principles of multi-barrier risk management systems.

Jon Mailer from PROTRADE United also ran two business sessions aimed at both the men and women in plumbing and gas businesses to help them navigate changing business landscape, drive higher customer satisfaction and create a more profitable business.

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For further information contact:

Lisa Hilton
Events and Member Services Manager
Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland
07 3273 0800
0439 648 164

Ashleigh Stonehewer
Member Services and Communications Coordinator
Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland
07 3273 0800

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