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Plumbers Shine a Light on Success at Industry Awards Night

Helen Yost
2017 QBCC Women in Plumbing and Gas Award Winner, Helen Yost, Tradettes, with Brett Bassett, Commissioner of Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC)

The diversity and excellence of plumbers from across Queensland has been recognised with the announcement of the finalists for the 2018 Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards, shining a light on plumbing and gas excellence.

The prestigious plumbing and gas annual awards, now in their nineteenth year, are about celebrating individuals and companies who are leaders in the plumbing and gas industry, including the women succeeding in a traditionally male dominated field.

Hosted by the Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ), along with Event Sponsor, Tradelink, the presentation dinner will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 20 July 2018.

Finalists for the BUSSQ Service Excellence award, Pasfield Plumbing Solutions from Beenleigh said on their social media account, “We are so very excited to even be a finalist for the Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards!”

“We love all our customers and we love working for awesome people, without them there is no us. We have always been so appreciative of the support we receive as a new local business.”

This sell-out event will play host to special guests within the industry including the Minister for Housing and Public Works, Digital Technology and Sport, the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP, the Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works, Energy, Innovation and Digital Technology, Michael Hart MP, Senator for Queensland, Senator Anthony Chisholm, State Secretary for the Plumbers Union Qld, Gary O’Halloran, Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission, Brett Bassett, and Executive Director of Building Industry and Policy at the Department of Housing and Public Works, Logan Timms.

Seven News presenter, Kendall Gilding will be the MC for the night announcing the finalists and award recipients of seventeen award categories.

MPAQ’s Executive Director, Penny Cornah, has praised the growth of the program this year, with the large amount of nominations submitted, and higher caliber of projects put forward.

“Our industry continues to develop in leaps and bounds, with the level of competition in 2018 exceeding previous years,” she said.

“It was challenging for our judges this year to determine our finalists and winners, as the level of professionalism shown in all the nominations was exceptional. As a profession, the emphasis on further training and development is prominent, and the advantages of this increase in upskilling is reflected in the innovative approaches to work and business operating methods.”

“It is so important that the Association acknowledges the exceptional work that plumbers, gasfitters and other industry individuals play by protecting the health and safety of the community.”

Further Information - 

Event Details


Date: Friday 20 July 2018
Time: 6:30pm – Midnight
Location: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Merivale St & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane

Award Categories & FInalists

Apprentice Awards

Reece Queensland Apprentice of the Year

Finalists for this award are made up of winners of the 2018 Second, Third and Fourth Year Apprentice of the Year awards.  


InSinkErator Second Year Apprentice of the Year

  • Kurt Finch – Grillscorp Pty Ltd, Annerley
  • William Cross – Slade Bros Plumbing, Cashmere

The Service Trades College Third Year Apprentice of the Year

  • Sarah Condie – Tradettes, Clontarf
  • James Sims – Laser Plumbing, Gumdale

Plumbers' Union Queensland Fourth Year Apprentice of the Year

  • Rowan Morton – Beavis and Bartels, Northgate
  • Eilish Anderson-Grundon – Axis Plumbing, Coopers Plains
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Construction Skills Queensland Merv Harris Memorial Bursary Award

  • Andrew English – Young Civil & Excavation Pty Ltd, Loganholme
  • Daniel Casey – All Style Plumbing, Kippa Ring

Australian Industry Trade College School Based Apprentice of the Year

  • Stirling Kent – Australian Industry Trade College, Gold Coast
  • Riley Parker – Kirwan State High School, Kirwan
Company and Individual Awards

CBUS Domestic and Residential Technical Award

  • 2Brothers Plumbing, Everton Park
  • Akins Plumbing, Annerley

QLeave Commercial and Industrial Technical Award

  • Cooke & Dowsett Pty Ltd, Morningside
  • Beavis and Bartels, Northgate

Elgas Commercial Type B Gas Installation of the Year

  • Cooke & Dowsett Pty Ltd, Morningside
  • James Giles Plumbing Pty Ltd, Goomeri

Commercial Type A Gas Installation of the Year

  • Beavis and Bartels, Northgate
  • CC P & D, Molendinar

Department of Housing and Public Works Innovation Award

  • Beavis and Bartels, Northgate
  • CC P & D, Molendinar

BUSSQ Service Excellence Award

  • Millar’s Plumbing Service, Wellington Point
  • Pasfield Plumbing Solutions, Beenleigh
  • CC P & D, Molendinar
  • Tradettes Plumbing, Clontarf
  • AC Plumbing QLD, Cashmere

The Andrea Vogler Women in Business Award

  • Alexandra Harrison – Obsidian Plumbing, Burleigh Heads
  • Kathy Akins – Akins Plumbing, Annerley

AHSCA Hydraulic Consultant of the Year Award

  • Karl Paton – ACOR Consultants Pty Ltd, Surfers Paradise
  • Adam Hinze – Beavis and Bartels, Northgate

Queensland Building and Construction Commission Women in Plumbing and Gas Award

  • Kimberley Kerby – Paragon Plumbing, West End
  • Rachael Keiley – Demeter Constructions, Carrara

WFI Industry Leadership Award

  • Peter McLennan – Backflow Prevention Association of Australia, Bulimba
  • Greg Castle – Obsidian Plumbing, Burleigh Heads

Tradelink Industry Mentor Award

  • Nathan Morgan – The Service Trades College Australia, Salisbury
  • John Urquhart – CC P & D, Molendinar

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For further information contact:

Lisa Hilton
Events & Member Services Manager
Master Plumbers’ Association of Qld
0439 648 164


Penny Cornah
Executive Director
Master Plumbers’ Association of Qld
0418 724 457





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