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10 October 2008

      Record entries for NAWIC Queensland Excellence Awards
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has received an unprecedented number of
entries for their 2008 Queensland Excellence Awards.

Entries for this year’s awards have sky rocketed to 66 nominations compared to just 24 in 2007.

Many of the 50 girls from regional and metropolitan parts of Queensland have nominated for one or more of
the 11 award categories.

Radmila Desic, President of NAWIC Queensland says she is thrilled with the enormous response from
entrants who stem from all warps of construction.

“Each one of these girls is achieving amazing feats in Queensland’s construction industry and every one of
their inspiring stories is unique and individual,” Ms Desic said.

“There are plumbers, interior designers, project directors, community relations managers, carpenters,
engineers, procurement or contract managers, architects, environmental managers, health and safety officers,
document controllers, carpenters and electricians to name just a few.

“Many of these girls are cutting it with the best performing men in the industry working on the state’s biggest
general, commercial or civil construction projects.”

The awards have also attracted an increased number of entrants from regional areas such as the Gold Coast,
Mackay, Millmerran, Mt Isa, Rockhampton and Townsville.

Ms Desic attributes this to the booming construction activity occurring in regional parts of Queensland..

“Some of the regional entries have been received from nominees working on regional projects such as
Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (Mackay), Q Build’s relocatable building program on the Gold Coast, Abigroup
Seymour Whyte Joint Venture Townsville Access Road, Thiess’ Lavarack Barracks Stage 4 Redevelopment
(Townsville) or others working in domestic and commercial trades such as carpentry in regional towns.”

Winners will be announced at the official awards ceremony and party being staged at MIRRA in Fortitude
Valley on Friday, 31 October.

As another record for the NAWIC Queensland Awards, the event has been completely sold out almost three
weeks out.

The awards ceremony will be attended by approximately 260 guests including Governor of Queensland,
Penelope Wensley and Queensland’s first registered female carpenter/builder, Beverley Nutley.
The breakdown of entries for this year’s awards is:

                                                                                             Number of
 Category                                                                                    2008 entries
 Brisbane City Works Crystal Vision Award                                                                   4
 Department of Public Works Award for achievement in construction (general/building)                        5
 Civil Contractors Federation Award for achievement in construction (Civil Works)                           8
 BUSY at Work Award for Achievement in Design                                                               2
 Mission Australia Award for achievement in product supply and application                                  3
 John Holland Award for achievement as a Business Woman                                                     9

 Construction Skills Queensland Award for contribution in building and construction trades                   7
 Leighton Contractors Award for Achievement in Sustainable Development                                       4
 Laing O'Rourke Award for innovation                                                                         6
 Office for Women Award to a young achiever                                                                 11
 Cement Australia Award for achievement in marketing, community
 engagement/consultation and communication                                                                   7

The NAWIC Queensland 2008 Excellence Awards are proudly presented by Bovis Lend Lease with the
support of award sponsors Brisbane City Works, BUSY at Work, Cement Australia, Civil Contractors
Federation, Construction Skills Queensland, John Holland, Laing O’Rourke, Leighton Contractors, Mission
Australia, Office for Women and Queensland Department of Public Works.

NAWIC is a non-profit volunteer organisation that offers career advice, forums for exchanging ideas,
mentoring, skills development, industry education opportunities and networking for women in construction.

For more information about the NAWIC Qld 2008 Excellence Awards nominations or awards ceremony/party
visit or email

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