New South Wales / ACT

Master Electrician of the Year

Winner: Adrian Cassin – Laser Electrical Castle Hill

Wirez electrical was established in 2010.Working from the garage in the early days, the business grew rapidly. They have always covered diverse work. As the business grew and the scope of works performed became more dynamic, it was a clear the partnership with Laser Electrical could bring more opportunities – hence they joined and became Laser Electrical Castle Hill. Today their work covers Domestic, Solar Commercial, Retail, Service Work, Communication (including Data, and fibre splicing), underfloor heating systems and almost anything else that is asked of us.

What the judges said: It was a pleasure to consider the candidates for Master Electrician of the year. This year we had high quality nominations and the judging was close. Ultimately the judging was extremely difficult to separate. The judges considered numerous personal traits that have impact on their work life and contribution to the industry and it’s as a whole. It took considerable post interview deliberation and discussion to separate the finalists and ultimately came down to 1-point difference.

Women in Contracting

Winner: Tracey McKibben – GB Electrical

A born and bred in, Tracey is passionate about region. Between a busy work and home schedule, there is never a dull moment. With a background in hospitality, recreational development and property management has provided her with the experience, confidence and a diverse range of skills to lead the administration team at GBE Group. With a focus on customer service and team development, Tracey enjoys every day working with a great team of industry professionals and was encouraged to enter the awards by her peers in recognition of her contribution and support to the company and each individual.

What the judges said: Tracey is the Administration Manager of GB Electrical Contractors, a diverse contracting business with over 80 employees. Tracey has been instrumental in leading and managing the administrative functions of the business through rapid growth over the past 9 years. She demonstrates her passion for business and process improvement, continually developing and implementing strategies to support the company growth. Tracey is also a passionate leader, investing in the mentoring and development of young people in the business

Commercial Project of the Year

Winner: Boris Samardzioski – Alland Group
Project: Cabra Vale Diggers Club

Boris Samardzioski, Alland Group Porject: Cabra Vale Diggers Club The brief from the builder was a design and construct package consisting of light & power, Cat6 communications, dry fire, intelligent lighting control, LED lighting, switchboards and the modification of the existing main switchboard. 2 The project was completed over 2 stages. Stage one being the refurbishment of the Ground Floor Bistro, Café and associated kitchen including fit out. Stage two; the refurbishment of the current Bistro & TAB area into District 8. The main challenges were keeping the club operational and meeting program deadlines and the key achievements were completing the works on time, on budget and with high level finishes.

What the judges said: A complex mix between design, integration, trades, a continuously running club, and a unique high-quality finish. The project required Alland to not only be the contractor, but also use their skills and knowledge to work with the lighting consultants to achieve the end result. A well finished job with a great impact and result for the client, Alland overcame multiple challenges and maintained a high-standard.”

Residential Project of the Year

Winner: Jason Brown – Brownies Electrical

The new home consisted of an underground garage the size of the building envelope with 40 plus LED troffers throughout, hidden wine cellar, a lift to the main living floor which has 3 bedrooms – all with ensuites, study, master bedroom with ensuite, 4 separate entertaining areas, laundry, pool, alfresco and beautiful kitchen. LED lighting throughout, solar panels, home automation, networked bose speakers throughout, alarm and security cameras.

What the judges said: “Jason took on the job as a view to future possibilities and opportunities to other work, rather than just any other standard job. The project required a high-level attention to detail, with a high-quality finish, whilst meeting the expectations of the home owner. It also presented an opportunity to showcase their skills and has created belief within the team and opened up a series of new business ventures.”

Legrand Apprentice of the Year
Winner: Callum Tolhurst – Alland Group

What the judges said: Callum is currently in the third year of his apprenticeship and is enthusiastic about his job. After completing his last year of high school, he was able to do work experience with a local electrician. From then on, he only had eyes to be an electrician. He enjoys doing the work because it involves not only hands on skills but a high level of academic skill. He says he has been very lucky with the opportunities he has been given throughout his apprenticeship. He says he is a really easy-going person who isn’t afraid to step out of his comfort zone.

Electrician ‘Tradie’ of the Year

Winner: Tim Marsh – Alland Group

Tim Marsh, Alland Group Tim decided to become an electrician because he has always been interested in the way things work, especially electronics. As a kid he would always be pulling things apart to see how they worked and then put them back together. He completed his apprenticeship with Electro Group and after coming first in his TAFE classes in both practical and theory and having zero absentee days for his apprenticeship at work & TAFE, he was granted early completion, he was also the KLM Group apprentice of the year in 2009. Tim had intended to work in the mines after he finished his apprenticeship and was waiting for paperwork to be finalised when I had a catch up with Boris, and as they say, the rest is history. He says Alland Group is more like a family than an employer. His future plan within Alland Group is to move into a Project Management, while maintaining existing customer relationships and developing new relationships.

What the judges said: It was a pleasure to judge the electrician of the year this year. Seeing the passion and enthusiasm from electricians who are shaping the future of the industry by providing a huge range of technical skills in areas from construction and service through to building automation and complex networks that provide the technology that we rely on to do our jobs daily. We can feel confident that our industry is quick to respond to technical demands of industry by providing the skills and expertise needed. We can be confident that the industry will continue to grow through the efforts of people like our candidates for this award.