This morning Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP awarded the state’s first Ambassadorship for Women in Plumbing to trailblazing Brisbane tradie Rebecca Senyard, AKA The Plumbette, at the Master Plumbers’ Association Queensland (MPAQ) World Plumbing Day Breakfast. 

Two years after taking out the prestigious Dux Australian Plumbing Apprentice of the Year in 2009, the Brisbane-based co-Manager of Jacol Plumbing launched The Plumbette blog, which offers both men and women a unique behind-the-scenes look at the trials and tribulations of working in a male-dominated profession, while dispelling a few myths about the job.

Her blog also provides positive techniques for dealing with associated curve balls, as well as practical tips for customers eager for a ‘plumb job’ from tradies in their own homes.

“I looked for female tradie mentors when I started my apprenticeship back in 2006 but couldn’t find that source of inspiration and encouragement, so I thought, ‘why not step in and fill the gap myself?’, and in 2011, I did just that,” Ms Senyard said.

“While I don’t think the construction industry will be overtaken with female tradies any time soon (although I’d be happy to be proven wrong), I do think there is uncapped potential for women to work in the industry to not only add diversity to the worksite but also a different view of how to get things done. 

“But we also need strong tradesmen who aren’t threatened by having a girl on the construction site and are happy to share their knowledge with willing female apprentices,” she said. 

As one of just 46 female plumbers in a pool of more than 16,000 state-wide, Ms Senyard said it was an honour to be recognised by Ms Palaszczuk, who, as the 39th Premier of Queensland, is only the second female. 

“The times are changing and it’s important to tell young girls that if they want to choose a career in the construction industry, it’s not a possibility but an untapped opportunity.”

“It’s also important to educate young girls that there are other opportunities than just being on the tools. I’ve carved a blogging career from my plumbing career and it’s a privilege to receive emails from female plumbers across the country saying, ‘Thank you for writing this post. It’s what I needed to read at this moment in my apprenticeship’,” she said. 

Ms Palaszczuk presented the award alongside 2015 Bathurst 1000 winner, and MPAQ World Plumbing Day ambassador Steven Richards, in front of more than 350 industry professionals at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Rebecca is a previous winner of the Judges' Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2009 CSQ Excellence Awards, so we're really proud to see her continuing as an ambassador for industry! Congratulations Rebecca!