Western Australia

Master Electrician of the Year

Winner: Brendan Balcombe – Aurora Electrical Services

What the judges said: Brendan is the owner director of Aurora Electrical Services, a family run business that has been part of the construction sector in Western Australia for over 15 years. Aurora specialise in Commercial and Industrial projects, Commercial and Industrial Maintenance, Automation, Communications, Security and Solar. Aurora Electrical Services currently employs 12 employees from their Bibra Lake offices. The stand out activity from Brendan has been his leadership in establishing customer relationships in the food and packaging industry. This has led to customer referrals that will bring strong growth for Aurora in a challenging and technical market.

Women in Contracting

Winner: Natalie Hiddlestone – Hiddlestone Electrics

What the judges said: Natalie has made a great contribution to the electrical industry, taking the managing director role of the 98-year-old family business after her father passed away 7 years ago. She has managed adversity within the business with serious director issues, that in many cases would have resulted in the business’ foreclosure. Yet Natalie has not only turned it around but relished and is looking to the future with new operations to expand and diversity to open the Electric Café next door.

Commercial Project of the Year

Winner: Steve Villier – S & K Electrical Contracting
Project: Geraldton Police Complex Upgrade

What the judges said: The Geralton Police upgrade was fully integrated with a high level of complexity. It involved the integration of multiple systems and processes in a diverse and dynamic operational environment. A thorough and documented business and work process incorporated employee management and OHS. The project provided complete client satisfaction, opening doors to further business opportunities.

Residential Project of the Year

Winner: Marco Ranelli – A Live Electrical Services
Project: 7 Whalan Road Landsale

What the judges said: This project delivered by Marco Ranelli and the team at A-Live Electrical demonstrated an unparalleled attention to detail. A-Live Electrical partnered with their valued customer to facilitate the delivery of Housing industry Award winning project. This finish and fit out, including the detailed placement of the electrical fixtures and coordination with the other building trades saw this project delivered to exceed expectations. A-Live Electrical adopted and undertook the installation of new to market products to see the quality of the finishes to a higher level.

Energy Efficiency Project of the Year

Winner: Shaji Mathews – AICA Engineering
Project: Giancomo Farm

What the judges said: AICA presented a unique and innovative Australia first solution for their client, providing ground breaking engineering and technical integration between 3 phase and single-phase delivery. In this project they overcame huge supplier warranty issues without a breach, while successfully integrating a new and old system creatively. Whew hoe team involvement from top to bottom resulting in an outcome filled with pride.

Legrand Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Sebastian Wallace – Laser Electrical Bunbury

What the judges said: Sebastian has shown a respect for the industry and is very safety conscious, not only for himself but also other trades. He has embraced technology and actively uses it on a day to day basis and constantly represents new technologies to clients. In his words “I give more than I should.” He has demonstrated loyalty to his employer and has relocated to Perth from Bunbury for the better of Laser Electrical. Sebastian is a fine young man and is only too happy to promote the industry to future apprentices.

Electrician ‘Tradie’ of the Year

Winner: Dominic Bailey – A – Live Electrical Services

What the judges said: Dominic represents himself and the business in a confident and super keen to please manner. He is Alive with energy and as a result has a growing satisfied customer base.

A strength is his broad range of knowledge through on the job experience gained during his time at Bon Electrics and now under guidance from Marco at Alive Electrical Services has meant Dom has compiled a strong portfolio of jobs in Residential, Commercial and Industrial, including hydroponic tomato farms, large engine dyno machines and recently expanding his skills with the growth into air conditioning installs. Dom has an eagerness to learn about emerging technologies and is very proud through photographic evidence to show his high standard of work on various challenging jobs.