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Local trailblazer claims national award

Hobart resident and TasWater Project Manager Catherine Loppy has claimed the prestigious National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Crystal Vision Award.

The award celebrates the achievements of individuals who actively promote and encourage participation and career progression of women in construction.

Ms Loppy was also commended for her work as a youth mentor and an advocate for the migrant community.

“We had nine amazing finalists from across Australia and to be awarded the national winner was a humbling, emotional and unexpected moment for me,” Ms Loppy said.

“It inspires me to keep doing my best and encourage more women with a passion for the construction industry to step forward courageously.

“I’ve always loved the construction industry and my love for it grew bigger thanks to my mentors. They inspired me to pursue my dreams in a field I’m passionate about.”

For the past seven years Catherine has been involved in various project management roles, but her current position as a Project Manager in the TasWater Renewals Project Delivery Group team has allowed her to showcase her skills on a larger scale.

“It was an incredible honour and privilege to be in the room with such amazing talent,” Ms Loppy said.

“Women are shifting paradigms and advocating for change and improvement for the betterment of our industry.”

TasWater general manager project delivery Tony Willmott said the organisation was committed to increasing the number of women in construction and the wider water industry.

“This award recognises the important example Catherine sets through both her job and her advocacy for women who are in the industry,” he said.

NAWIC Tasmania president Catherine Rae said NAWIC was the peak industry body advocating for an equitable construction industry where women fully participate.

“Celebrating women’s achievements is one way we can increase retention,” she said.

“Catherine’s generosity through youth mentorship and her work with the migrant community is underpinned by the NAWIC values, making her an exemplary recipient of our highest national honour.”

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About the Author: Simon Andrews

Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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