Mia Freedman MC at NAWIC awards at The Westin Perth

Crystal Vision Award winner Kasey Venter with MC Mia Freedman
Crystal Vision Award winner Kasey Venter with MC Mia Freedman

HISTORIC Heart of Perth project manager Sandy Anghie won the Social Responsibility in Construction Award at the National Women in Construction Awards for Excellence this morning.

Mrs Anghie said the project, initiated by Adrian Fini two years ago, was fun to work on.

“It’s an initiative to revitalise the east end, the forgotten part of the city,” she said.

“We’re working with lots of great artists, architects and different people in the community.”

Mammamia co-founder and creative director Mia Freedman was MC for the awards of the not-for-profit group that champions and empowers women in construction and related industries.

2018 NAWIC Award winners with MC Mia Freedman

Kasey Venter from Elite Compliance won the main prize –the Crystal Vision Award.

Ms Venter said she was inspired to work in the construction industry by watching the passion and dedication family members had for the work.

She said men in the industry were very supportive.

The single mum, who has her helicopter licence, also designs house for people with quadriplegia in her spare time.

“Being able to help build homes to give people freedom and independence, with involvement from their family, and to see someone be able to use their home after being involved in the build, that’s really lovely,” Ms Venter said.

Judges said that Ms Venter demonstrated a genuine approach to business, career success, mentoring and creating a pathway for women in the industry and a true and dedicated commitment to her passions outside of the workplace.

NAWIC director Miriam D’Souza said the awards celebrated rising female stars and recognised leaders across the construction and property

industry as well as organisations that supported and guided female talent.

“Ultimately our goal is to help create a sustainable and successful pipeline of women entering into construction, who have the opportunity to lead, learn and collaborate.”

NAWIC WA Chapter Award Winners

Crystal Vision Award: Kasey Venter (Elite Compliance)

Innovation Award – Louise Stewart (Projectpay)

Outstanding Achievement in Safety Award: Kirsty Edwards (Probuild)

Diversity and Inclusion Award: Vivienne Edwards (Wood & Grieve Engineers)

Young Achiever Award: Jessica Corica (CPB Contractors)

Outstanding Contribution to Construction Award: Sarah Palmer (Boral)

Social Responsibility in Construction Award: Sandy Anghie (Historic Heart Of Perth)

Print and Signage Creating the Best Project Award: Hannah Galloway (HASSELL)