Camooweal resident Paul Lewin has been announced as the winner of the Hutchinson Builders Award for Construction Indigenous Person of the Year at the 2016 Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) Excellence Awards.
The Rainbow Gateway Limited employee was presented with his Award in front of an industry crowd at a gala event in Brisbane on Friday 25 November.
The Construction Indigenous Person of the Year recognises the achievements of an Indigenous person who has shown excellence in training.
CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said Paul stood out from the competition in a very competitive field of entries. 
“The judges noted Paul’s dedication to mentoring his team, helping them to develop important life skills.
“His passion for working with disadvantaged youth and encouraging others to take up a trade, along with his strong leadership and community values really shone through,” he said.

Mr Schimming highlighted the outstanding ongoing success of the Awards.
“The CSQ Excellence Awards continue to grow in popularity every year. This year’s field of entrants come from all corners of the state and have a diverse range of backgrounds,” he said. 
“Our nominees share a common commitment to training and a strong desire to reach their full potential.

“We are entering an exciting phase in the construction industry as new technologies begin to transform many traditional building methods. At CSQ, we are at the forefront – leading the industry to success and quality outcomes by building a skilled workforce for the future.
“Against this backdrop of change, it is more important than ever that we invest in training and build a highly skilled, innovative workface.

The CSQ Excellence Awards attracts around 650 guests and honours the training and skilling achievements of students, schools, trainers, training organisations, industry employees and employers.”
Notes to Editors

  • The 2016 Construction Skills Queensland Excellence Awards took place on Friday 25 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • CSQ’s CEO Brett Schimming and award winners are available for interview 
  • High-res images of the CSQ Excellence Awards and winners are available

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About Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ)
Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry. Funded by an industry training levy, we work closely with students, schools, employers, apprentices, industry partners, training providers and individuals across Queensland to build capability at every level of business. As a recognised industry leader, our mission is to promote the building and construction industry as a career of first choice, encourage investment in skills and training and increase the number of skilled workers in the industry.
For further information about CSQ’s services visit or call 1800 798 488.