TasWater will field six finalists in the National Association for Women in Construction’s (NAWIC) annual Awards for Excellence.

NAWIC, formed in 1995, is an Australian not-for-profit organisation spearheaded by industry leaders advocating and working toward the goal of an equitable construction industry in which women are involved, heard, and making a difference.

The NAWIC provides a forum for members to meet to exchange ideas, share information and solutions. There is a Tasmanian NAWIC Chapter for women in all aspects of the construction industry and water and sewage sectors, whether they are in support roles or ‘on the tools.’

TasWater’s Capital Delivery Office People Leader, Kate Blizzard, said it was exciting to have six women from her department announced as finalists in each of their different categories.

“This is a wonderful result; it is so exciting to see our female colleagues gaining recognition within their respective professional fields,” Ms Blizzard said.

“There are seven award categories, and we have a finalist in six of them. That is a credit to the calibre, work ethic and merit of these women who each hold important roles within the TasWater CDO.

“This result is perhaps not surprising for us, as women make up more than 23 per cent of our talented employee base, almost twice the Australian Construction Industry Standard for female representation in the workplace,” Ms Blizzard said.

TasWater’s category nominations include:

Achievement in Construction – Amanda Allen, Senior Project Manager, CDO Project Delivery

Emerging Talent – Laura Anderson, Environmental Advisor, CDO Health, Safety, Environment & Community

Contribution to a Project or Organisation – Jackie Kelly, CDO HSEQ Leader, CDO Health, Safety, Environment & Quality

Contribution to a Project or Organisation – Sharon Archer, Procurement Manager, CDO Commercial

Contribution to a Project or Organisation – Krista Capuano, Contracts Manager, CDO Commercial

Award for Excellence (Crystal Vision) – Caroline Beaumaris, Leader CDO Commercial

Ms Blizzard said the NAWIC awards were an important recognition of women’s contributions to the industry.

“Gender equality and empowerment of women have been advanced in the construction industry, but there is much still to achieve,” she said.

“The NAWIC Awards for Excellence shine a positive light on the progress being made by showcasing inspiring women in these industries to the wider community.

“All six TasWater CDO finalists are to be congratulated, whether they win or not. This is an outstanding achievement that reflects how we value the contribution each of our female colleagues make to delivering infrastructure for TasWater and the people of Tasmania.”

Award winners are to be announced during early November, 2022.

Feature Image: Amanda Allen, Senior Project Manager, CDO Project Delivery – nominated for Achievement in Construction, NAWIC Awards for Excellence 2022. Photo: TasWater.

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