On Wednesday, 23 August, 2017, QBCC Commissioner Brett Bassett, Assistant Commissioner Esther Blest, and several QBCC female staff members who work to support the State’s licensed plumbers and drainers attended the Female Plumbers and Apprentices Breakfast at Parliament House, in Brisbane.
The early morning event was held by Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) and was all about honouring female plumbers and drainers, and encouraging female apprentices who are new to the trade to stay with it.
Of approximately, 16,800 plumbers and drainers licensed in Queensland, there was a timely reminder that only 49 are female. Many at the breakfast are working towards improving this statistic to get more women in this important trade.
With close to 30 people in attendance, speeches were delivered by the Minister for Housing and Public Works, the Honourable Mick de Brenni MP, MPAQ’s Executive Director and Service Trades Council Chairperson Penny Cornah, QBCC Assistant Commissioner Esther Blest, Female Plumbing Ambassador Carlie Low, and Helen Yost from the Tradettes.