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Plumbing and Fire Industry Awards night sensational success

Industry Awards night sensational success

In the deco inspired surrounds of the luxurious Grand Hyatt Melbourne, an enthusiastic crowd of 500 celebrated the achievements of their peers at the Plumbing and Fire Industry Awards on Saturday 5 August.

The sold out event, now in its third year, is a collaborative event presented by the Master Plumbers, the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC), the Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union (PPTEU), the National Fire Industry Association (NFIA), and for the first time this year, the Association of Hydraulic Services Consultants Australia (AHSCA), who has joined forces with the other stakeholders as a fifth presenting partner.

Several VIPs were in attendance on the night including The Hon. Senator Kim Carr, Senator Kimberley Kitching, Mr Peter Khalil, Member for Wills, Mr Shaun Leane, Parliamentary Secretary to the Special Minister of State and Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, and Councillor Oscar Yildiz of Moreland City Council and Founder and CEO of Bully Zero Australia Foundation.

Setting the scene for a night of top class entertainment was MC and star of stage and screen, Tim Campbell, performing an excellent rendition of The Jackson Five’s ‘Can You Feel It?’ 

With the nominees and guests eager to find out who this year’s winners were, the first set of awards were announced recognising indigenous and female industry professionals, excellence in OHS, education and sustainability, and outstanding contributions from the fire protection industry.

A short break for entrée service allowed guests to mingle and visit the media wall for photos and to congratulate the first round of winners.  Next up was the AHSCA suite of awards, followed by those presented to the plumbing industry’s top apprentices.

The feature act for the night was well known to nearly everyone in the room – The Black Sorrows, with front man Joe Camilleri pumping out hit after hit from their back catalogue of songs to a packed dance floor of fans.

Energy levels were high and the room buzzed with anticipation as the final three premier awards were announced. Project of the Year was presented to Cooke & Dowsett for their impeccable work on Simonds Stadium, Mark Pasini was presented with the plumbing industry’s most prestigious Award, the Andrew Letten Gold Medal, and finally, Fire Industry legend Lou Maglio took out the William P. Hite Leadership Excellence Award.

Tim Campbell and his band returned to the stage to keep the party going until midnight on what was a wonderful evening of celebration and success.

A massive congratulations to all of the award nominees and winners and a huge thank you to their family, friends, colleagues and peers who attended the event, making it a huge success.

An event of this calibre doesn’t happen without the commitment of sponsors and the PFIA Stakeholders Committee sincerely thanks the many organisations who provided their support.

You can see all the photos from the event on the awards Facebook page facebook.com/PFIAAwards which also has links to the award presentation videos.

 

2017 PFIA – Winner and Finalists

 

 

AHSCA Commercial Plumbing Affiliate Award

 

 

Finalist

Cooke & Dowsett

Finalist

Geschke Group

Winner

NSG Plumbing

 

 

AHSCA Corporate Sponsors Award

 

 

Finalist

Greg Brittain - Zip Industries

Finalist

Scott Johnson - Rheem Australia

Winner

Dean Rowlands - SpecRep Services

 

 

AHSCA Tom Clements Consultant of the Year Award

 

 

Finalist

Mark Pearson

Finalist

Nick Spanu

Winner

Bruce Clements

 

 

D&E Airconditioning Mechanical Services Award

 

 

Finalist

Karl Agyeman

Finalist

Mitchell Tampaline

Winner

Mark Pasini

 

 

Excellence in Education and Training Award

 

 

Winner

Lucas Blyth

 

 

Excellence in Fire Protection Award

 

Winner

Leemark Fire Protection

 

 

Excellence in Occupational Health and Safety Award

 

Winner

Terry Smart

 

 

Excellence in Sustainability Award

 

Winner

NSG Plumbing

 

 

Frank Maskell General Plumbing Award

 

Finalist

George Betts

Finalist

Jacqueline Sims

Finalist

Liam Lyons

Winner

Matthew Mullarvey

 

 

Indigenous Professional Award

 

 

Winner

Robbie Peden

 

 

NA Smith Gas Award

 

 

Finalist

Jack Dainer

Winner

Hassan Barakat

 

 

Project of the Year Award

 

Finalist

David McCarthy Plumbing for Bennett St

Winner

Cooke & Dowsett for the Simonds Stadium

 

 

Rose Curtis Award

 

Winners

Tahley and Kelsey Houghton

 

 

Victaulic NFIA Apprentice Award

 

Winner

Ryan Cox

 

 

William P Hite Leadership Excellence Award

 

Winner

Lou Maglio

 

 

The Andrew Letten Gold Medal Award

 

Winner

 Mark Pasini

 

 

 

 

AHSCA Commercial Plumbing Affiliate Award

Proudly sponsored by Davey Water Products

NSG Plumbing

NSG Plumbing are active contributors to the AHSCA and often provide relevant advice and commentary at the general meetings. Norm and his team are well liked and respected by the AHSCA members.

AHSCA Corporate Sponsors Award

Proudly sponsored by AHSCA Victorian Chapter

Dean Rowlands - SpecRep Services

Dean has the ability to perfectly balance a level of professionalism with a healthy sense of humour. He has a detailed knowledge of all aspects of his product range and a wealth of experience across the wider plumbing industry.  

AHSCA Tom Clements Consultant of the Year Award

Proudly sponsored by Conex Banninger

Bruce Clements

Bruce has been a longstanding member and valued contributor of the AHSCA. He has previously served on their Board of Directors and demonstrates the integrity and professionalism expected by the Association.

Although it has been discussed at Board level for many years, 2017 is the first year that the Consultant of the Year Award has been named in honour of the Association’s inaugural President, Tom Clements – Bruce’s father.

 

D&E Airconditioning Mechanical Services Award

Proudly sponsored by D&E Airconditioning

Mark Pasini

Mark’s positive approach to his apprenticeship was recognised by his trainers in his first year when he was nominated for the Sir Rohan Delacombe Award for First Year Apprentices.

This year he won the Specialist Plumbing Award at the Plumbing Apprenticeships Victoria (PAV) Apprentice Awards. In March, Mark was one of 10 apprentices who participated in the World Plumbing Day Skills Competition to further his experience working under pressure.

He’s a keen and bright mature aged apprentice who enjoys the technical challenge of plumbing.

 

Excellence in Education and Training Award

Proudly sponsored by Plumbing Joint Training Fund

Lucas Blyth

Lucas Blyth has delivered a proactive training regime at Fire Industry Training in Brunswick. The facility uses fire equipment and technologies to ensure students are able to work on all facets of fire protection.

Lucas has also graduated from the UA Ann Arbor training university and will deliver training on fire alarms to the UA Instructor cohort for the second year running.

 

Excellence in Fire Protection Award

Proudly sponsored by Fire Industry Training

Leemark Fire Protection

Leemark Fire Protection is a privately owned fire protection business established in December 2000. It has completed well over 500 significant projects in over 16 years of operation.

 

Leemark’s Directors Mark Underdown and Leigh Sullivan both take an active part in all projects and strongly encourage open communication from its clients.

 

Working with Direct Fire Supplies for testing, modifying and improving the product, Leemark Fire Protection has developed an installation process to apply a unique bracket, which enables sprinkler head fit off to occur at the rough-in stage, before the ceiling grid is installed.

 

Excellence in Occupational Health and Safety Award

Proudly sponsored by Incolink

Terry Smart

Terry has worked on a number of large scale projects overseeing Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) on the Melbourne Convention Centre, Myer Melbourne redevelopment, The National Gallery, Hamer Hall and the Westin Hotel. After completing Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment, Terry worked in CEPUTEC’s Training Development team to develop their Verification of Competency Program to assist employers with OHS.

Terry believes there’s nothing more important than ensuring workers get home at the end of the day. He likes encouraging apprentices to make OHS a priority in their work practices early on in their careers.

 

Excellence in Sustainability Award

Proudly sponsored by InSinkErator

NSG Plumbing

NSG believe that the industry can be improved by adopting sustainable and energy efficient products that can prove a return on investment. They are advocates of highlighting the cost savings of using such products and creating a more sustainable environment.

Their latest innovation is a new technology for heating hot water with solar PV panels directly connected to a control box with a DC element and AC or gas alternative boost. Acting as a thermal battery, this is a stand alone system with no inverter. This system can be retrofitted to existing tanks to turn an electric or gas hot water unit into a solar hot water unit with simple change to the element or supplied as a complete system.

Frank Maskell General Plumbing Award

Proudly sponsored by Reece

Matthew Mullarvey

After leaving his 18 year career as a bricklayer, which included 14 years running his own small business, Cooke & Dowsett apprentice Matthew embarked on a new career in plumbing commencing as an adult apprentice four years ago.

 

Cooke & Dowsett Director Scott Dowsett nominated him for his courageous journey. ‘He’s a shining example for all other apprentices to look up to. Despite juggling the responsibility of taking on a new path as an adult apprentice with the never ending pressure of supporting a family, his outstanding workmanship and willingness to learn throughout all projects never wavered.’

 

Indigenous Professional Award

Proudly sponsored by RAW Recruitment

Robbie Peden

Former Boxing World Champion and Olympian Robbie Peden has provided mentoring and guidance to many in the industry over the years. He understands that success can only be achieved through hard work, dedication and commitment and passes this on through his coaching. He creates opportunities by finding apprenticeships for males and females and provides pre-employment training and guidance, as well as ongoing support.

Robbie has had over 50 apprentices come through his mentoring program and his drive and motivation is always centred around helping young people succeed in their chosen career pathway.

 

 

NA Smith Gas Award

Proudly sponsored by Energy Safe Victoria

Hassan Barakat

Working with Darebin Gas for the last two years, Hassan has a wealth of experience in gas appliance installations. His ability to problem solve and identify faults with gas appliances make him a professional in the plumbing and gas industry. Hassan has thrived in a competitive environment where time management skills are essential.

Hassan has a great career ahead of him and has mastered his profession in a relatively short space of time. His willingness to embrace OHS as part of everyday business has been particularly noteworthy. Hassan is a real team player and always has time to assist others.

 

Project of the Year Award

Proudly sponsored by Cbus

Cooke & Dowsett – The Simonds Stadium

The unique procurement process of Simonds Stadium set up by Kane Construction, Geelong City Council and the Consultant Team delivered the hydraulics trade package for the fourth stage of the Stadiums revamp.

 

Cooke & Dowsett structured this partnership in order to provide the client with a balanced team and assisted the design process through reviews, providing options and alternative innovative design solutions coupled with a practical approach. They brought build ability experience, knowledge of materials and current market costs to the project, ensuring value for money solutions and achievable value management initiatives were achieved.

 

The Simonds Stadium project also incorporated the first ever evolving Hydraulic Services Design and Coordination process through the RFT Documentation requirements, and the implementation of the construction phase. It also introduced iPad technology onsite, enabling the latest date coordination information to be used to construct the hydraulic services and maintain the construction program during the delivery phase.

 

Rose Curtis Award

Proudly sponsored by City of Melbourne

Tahley and Kelsey Houghton

Tahley and Kelsey Houghton are ambassadors for female plumbers, both embarking on successful careers through Master Plumbers. The twin sisters are employed by Plumbing Apprenticeships Victoria and work across the spectrum of domestic plumbing – at present Tahley is working for ABPS Plumbing in Geelong and Kelsey for Surfside Plumbing in Geelong. They are looking forward to continuing their education upon completion of their internships to become licensed plumbers.

They are advocates for community health, environmental sustainability and OHS as part of their strong work ethic. They have benefitted from a steep learning curve in career development as females in a male dominated environment and are keen to show young women that working in a trade such as plumbing is not as daunting as it may seem and that pursuing this career should be seen as an opportunity rather than a long track of hurdles.

 

William P Hite Leadership Excellence Award

Proudly sponsored by PICAC

Lou Maglio

Lou Maglio joined Thomas Walker Plumbing in the 1970s as an apprentice. In 1985, Lou, Peter Coleman and Allan Morris started The Entire Group and formed Entire Fire Protection. They carry out sprinkler installation jobs across a wide range of construction projects in Melbourne.

In 1992, Entire Engineering was started to provide a reliable supply of pre-fabricated pipe and fittings for both fire and mechanical projects.

Today, the Entire Group is a respected provider of fire and mechanical installation projects. Entire’s service and maintenance businesses also provide service to a wide variety of external clients.

Lou continues to work in the business every day as the General Manager. Lou is also a Board member of Fire Industry Training (FiT) - the industry owned training organisation which delivers a range of industry specific training at centres of excellence in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.

He believes the challenge for our industry is to maintain and strengthen our licensing regime and better qualify our people. 

 

 

Victaulic NFIA Apprentice Award

Proudly sponsored by Victaulic

Ryan Cox

Ryan Cox made the decision to change his career from shop fitting to fire industry by taking on a sprinkler fitter apprenticeship. Since he began his apprenticeship in August 2014, he has been quick to pick up the trade, gaining experience in all aspects of fire sprinklers from mains, ranges and fit off valves to assemblies, pumps and water tanks.

Not only does Ryan have experience with contract work, but he has also demonstrated knowledge in service work, where he is required to operate and isolate fire panels and drain and recommission sprinkler and hydrant systems. His work ethic is of a very high standard and he will no doubt be a great mentor for the industry in the future.

 

And who took out the big prize?

 

Andrew Letten Gold Medal

Proudly sponsored by Tradelink

Mark Pasini 

The Andrew Letten Gold Medal Award is the highest accolade for apprentices in our industry and has led those who have won it onto great things. Matthew Mullarvey, winner of the Frank Maskell General Plumbing Award, Hassan Barakat, winner of the NA Smith Gas Award, and Mark Pasini, winner of the D&E Airconditioning Mechanical Services Award, were all finalists for the Gold Medal, but it was Mark Pasini who was awarded the Gold Medal on the night.

‘It is such a great thrill and massive honour to be awarded with not only the D&E Airconditioning Mechanical Services Award but also to receive the Andrew Letten Gold Medal Award. Winning such a prestigious award will provide me with the drive to further enhance my skills and succeed in the industry in the future.’

Mark Pasini

 

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Event Sponsor - Cbus

Platinum Sponsors - AHSCA Victorian Chapter, City of Melbourne, Conex Banninger, D&E Airconditioning, Davey Water Products, Energy Safe Victoria, Fire Industry Training,  Incolink, InSinkErator, , PICAC, Plumbing Joint Training Fund, RAW Recruitment, Reece, Tradelink, Victaulic.

Gold Sponsors – Maurice Blackburn, simPRO, Victorian Building Authority

Silver Sponsors – Commerce Press, IAPMO Oceana