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2020 Plumbing Ambassadors Announced on World Plumbing Day to Promote Industry Career Opportunities

11 March 2020

Pictured (left to right): Kent Vickers - MPAQ President, Ben Featherston – Christopher Contracting, Daniel Pasfield – Pasfield Plumbing, Sam Hickey – Hollywood Plumbing, Helen Robinson – Gainsite Pty Ltd, the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP - Minister for Housing and Public Works, and Penny Cornah – MPAQ Executive Director.

On Tuesday 11 March, Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) revealed the 2020 Queensland Plumbing Ambassadors, Ben Featherston – Christopher Contracting, Daniel Pasfield – Pasfield Plumbing, Sam Hickey – Hollywood Plumbing, and Helen Robinson – Gainsite Pty Ltd. The announcement was made in front of over 300 attendees at the World Plumbing Day Industry Breakfast, which was held at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

World Plumbing Day (11 March) aims to spread awareness of the importance of plumbing and plumbers in protecting public health as well as celebrating all the important work plumbers have done to improve the world.

With a combined 60+ years of industry experience, this year’s ambassadors were chosen to represent MPAQ and promote this important trade to school students and career-seekers across the state.

About the Ambassadors

Daniel Pasfield, licensed plumber, drainer, gas fitter, and owner of Pasfield Plumbing in Beenleigh, has been a part of the plumbing and gas industry for over 10 years and wants to give back to an industry that has given him purpose in his life.

“When I was a dropout at school and told I wouldn't add up to anything, the plumbing and gas fitting trade gave me a world of opportunities,” Daniel said.

“I hope others considering the trade will see the potential within the industry to better themselves, and I’m passionate about helping the next generation learn about plumbing.”

Helen Robinson is a qualified cabinetmaker and has run a plumbing and gas fitting business, Gainsite Pty Ltd, in rural Bundaberg for the last 20 years with her husband, Dale. Helen feels strongly about giving back to the industry and just wants to see people succeed.

“I believe the plumbing trade is a wonderful opportunity for anybody wanting to take up a trade,” Helen said.

“I don't believe the plumbing trade is represented as a good career opportunity in the schools and there is a lack of information given to students.”

Helen’s regional location will help MPAQ to deliver our message further than ever before as our first official ambassador in the Bundaberg area.

Ben Featherston, licensed plumber and drainer with CC P & D Pty Ltd on the Gold Coast has been involved in many different aspects of plumbing in his 20 years in the industry. Ben’s experiences have included mechanical services, maintenance, civil, heavy industry and mining sites, roofing, major construction projects and even being a business owner working in the maintenance and rehabilitation field employing several plumbers and apprentices.

This experience coupled with his passion for the industry are just a few of the reasons that Ben was chosen as one of MPAQ’s 2020 Plumbing Ambassadors.

Sam Hickey is a licensed plumber, drainer, and a supervisor with Hollywood Plumbing in Brisbane, a company he has worked at for 16 years! Sam understands that traditional schooling doesn’t suit everyone and wants to help people see what else is out there.

“I want to change people’s perception about the plumbing industry,” Sam said.

“Plumbing is about more than digging holes and clearing drains, and once people understand this the future of our industry will benefit.”

About World Plumbing Day and Plumbers

World Plumbing Day is an international event on 11 March initiated by the World Plumbing Council.

World Plumbing Day seeks to highlight the vital role that plumbers play in maintaining and protecting the health and safety of the community through the provision of clean drinking water and the appropriate management of waste. The plumbing industry makes an extraordinary contribution to human health, the environment and prosperity; however, it is minimally recognised. In recent years, we have seen an increase in awareness of water and energy usage, and the plumbing industry is proactive in promoting the accurate and timely management of water supplies. Population growth coupled with an increase in urbanisation reveals that management of water supplies and waste water services is of paramount importance in Australia.

Plumbing plays one of the most vital roles in managing the health and safety of the local community, as well as the wider community. It is for this reason that it is so import that plumbers are publicly recognised for their hard work and long studied skills.

For further information, contact:

Summer Adams
Member Services and Communications Coordinator
Master Plumbers' Association of Queensland
summer.adams@mpaq.com.au
0439 480 676

Penny Cornah
Executive Director
Master Plumbers' Association of Queensland
penny.cornah@mpaq.com.au
0418 724 457

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