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Celebrate a Lifesaving Industry

1 March 2018

DATE: Friday 9 March 2018
EVENT: World Plumbing Day Breakfast
VENUE: Mercure Hotel, Brisbane
TIME: Breakfast begins at 7:00am

Press passes available

When you think about what a plumber does, do you think beyond the stereotypical butt crack and toilet jokes? Do you think about how important your local friendly plumber is to your standard of life? Do you think about the number of times a plumber has done something that helps protect the health and safety of you and your family?

Some 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF[1].

On a daily basis, plumbers all over the world are working tirelessly to ensure that YOU have clean water to drink, toilets that flush and waste systems that work. On a daily basis, we all owe our plumbers for the standard of life we are able to live.

Now is OUR chance to recognise their efforts.

Since it was established by the World Plumbing Council in 2010, 11 March has become a day that recognises the plumbing community all over the world: World Plumbing Day. It is also an opportunity for communities to celebrate the health and safety of our society because of the plumbing industry.

On Friday 9 March, over 300 people will celebrate World Plumbing Day at the Industry’s biggest Breakfast hosted by the Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) in Brisbane.

Confirmed to attend this event and show their support for our industry is the Honourable Mick De Brenni, Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport, the Honourable Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development, and Michael Hart, Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works, Shadow Minister for Energy, and Shadow Minister for Innovation and Digital Technology.

MPAQ Executive Director, Penny Cornah, said “This is an important opportunity for the whole community to appreciate the hard work performed by members of our industry.”

“Queensland plumbers are experts in their field, who deliver the highest standards in health and safety throughout the world”, said Mrs Cornah.

MPAQ will also be announcing another Ambassadorship Program for 2018, where individuals will be elected to help promote more apprenticeships and the general trade to students, school-leavers and other career opportunists.

“Following the success of our Female Plumbing Ambassador Program over the last two years, we are also very excited to announce that at the Breakfast we will be revealing our new MPAQ Plumbing Ambassador and Plumbing Apprentice Ambassador programs. It is important to encourage diversity and equality within our industry, to ensure it develops and adapts to an ever-changing society,” said Mrs Cornah.

This event will also be the first event of the year at which MPAQ will be raising money for the 2018 event charity chosen by MPAQ members, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

“The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia are dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners and families, and with our industry being male dominated, it’s more than fitting to be relevant for us to support” said Mrs Cornah.

“More than 3,000 men die of prostate cancer every year in Australia, so by supporting this charity, not only at World Plumbing Day but throughout the year, MPAQ want to help raise awareness about it and show our support to all those affected.”

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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


[1] World Health Organisation - http://www.who.int

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