Rockhampton mum and construction award winner Deb Drochmann.
Rockhampton mum and construction award winner Deb Drochmann. Photo supplied

Mum earns building award

IN an industry dominated by men, Rockhampton mum Deb Drochmann is making waves.

Last week she clinched an award at the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) 2009 Crystal Vision Awards.

Deb, who works for QBuild, won the coveted BRISREO Award for Achievement in Product Supply and Application.

The NAWIC QLD Crystal Vision Awards recognise the courage, skills and innovation needed for women to succeed in the construction industry in Queensland.

Deb was awarded for demonstrating innovative practices in the production, supply and application of industry products and processes.

In particular, it was her work as procurement manager - a job that is typically held by males - for QBuild's Capricornia Region that received special recognition.

In this role she acquires goods and services for clients in the region and interfaces with various levels of management, office and field staff, contractors and suppliers.

“I get great satisfaction from seeing the positive impacts of QBuild's work in Capricornia communities and I enjoy the challenge of managing and delivering goods and services to some of Queensland's most remote locations. It's what drives me to succeed,” Deb said.

“The special needs of rural and remote communities create ongoing challenges for procurement and need to be managed carefully on a case by case basis.”

Some of the major projects that are managed by Deb include the National Building Economic Stimulus Plan, the State Schools of Tomorrow Program and Asbestos Removal Programs.

She combines her management responsibilities, staff supervision, provision of quality documentation and counselling of contractors, with her responsibilities for raising her own family.

NAWIC QLD president Radmila Desic congratulated each of the winners and ladies who were nominated for awards this year.

“The judges have chosen 12 outstanding Queensland women who have clearly demonstrated their commitment to the construction industry,” Ms Desic said.

Only 2% of construction workers in Queensland are women.

The judges have chosen 12 outstanding Queensland women


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