Women working in the Australian construction industry have been honoured at the 2018 National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Awards for Excellence.

Hosted by the NAWIC WA Chapter, the awards acknowledged eight WA women and innovative companies for their achievements.

The winners are:

Swan Crystal Vision Award

  • Winner: Kasey Venter Of Elite Compliance

Hassell Innovation Award

  • Winner: Louise Stewart Of Projectpay
  • Commendations: Melanie Binks Of Multiplex

Lendlease Outstanding Achievement in Safety Award

Winner: Kirsty Edwards Of Probuild

Arup Diversity and Inclusion Award

Winner: Vivienne Edwards Of Wood & Grieve Engineers

Probuild Young Achiever Award

Winner: Jessica Corica Of CPB Contractors

Commendations: Kassia Ralston Of Arup

Commendations: Tafadzwa Cleocologne Mawire Of SHAPE

Wood & Grieve Outstanding Contribution to Construction Award

Winner: Sarah Palmer Of Boral

Commendations: Teresa Mcguane Of BUILT

TBH Social Responsibility in Construction Award

Winner: Sandy Anghie Of Historic Heart Of Perth

Commendations: Heather Macrae Of Cox Architecture

Commendations: Toni Neck Of Thinke Design

Discus Print and Signage Creating the Best Project Award

Winner: Hannah Galloway Of HASSELL

Commendations: Kris Goodwin Of Multiplex

“The Awards celebrate both rising female stars and recognised leaders across the construction and property industry, as well as those organisations who support and guide female talent,” Miriam D’Souza, director of NAWIC and senior projects lawyer, said.

“Ultimately, our goal is to help create a sustainable and successful pipeline of women entering into construction, who have the opportunity to lead, learn and collaborate.”

A panel of industry experts selected winners based on strict criterion. Among those recognised was Kasey Venter, managing director of Elite Compliance — a Western Australian building surveying, compliance management and universal access company — who was awarded the prestigious Swan Crystal Vision Award.

The judging panel commented that the building surveying industry was particularly male dominated, even within an already male-dominated sector, and to succeed in setting up not one but three companies was a testament to Ms Venter’s strength and determination.

“We felt that Kasey demonstrated a genuine approach to business, career success, mentoring and creating a pathway for women in the industry, and a true and dedicated commitment to her passions outside of the workplace,” the panel  said.

Other women honoured included Louise Stewart of ProjectPAY, with the Hassell Innovation Award, and Jessica Corica of CPB Contractors, with the Probuild Young Achiever Award

Ms D’Souza said the level of professionalism from all entrants was exemplary.

“We’d like to acknowledge all the nominees this year, who showed vision and commitment to achieving their career goals and encouraging the development of other women within the industry,” she said.

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