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Girls set to shine at national construction awards

Emily Russell has been nominated for a prestigious NAWIC award.
Emily Russell has been nominated for a prestigious NAWIC award.

TWO Gladstone women are being recognised for their hard work in the male-dominated construction industry.

Zoe Chesters and Emily Russell have been nominated for the health and safety and/or environment award at the annual National Association Women in Construction Awards.

The winners of the NAWIC awards will be announced tonight in Brisbane at a prestigious awards night.

Ms Chesters, an environmental inspector for Bechtel, said she was nominated for doing her job well.

"I just make sure I get the job done," she said. "It is a male-dominated industry. 

"But the guys on site are pretty good. I don't let the fact that I'm a female stop me." 

Bechtel environmental inspector Zoe Chesters has been nominated for a prestigious national construction award.
Bechtel environmental inspector Zoe Chesters has been nominated for a prestigious national construction award.

Ms Chesters has a Bachelor of Science, majoring in environment, and encouraged other women to join the construction industry.

"I get more stick from the guys for being environmental than I do for being a woman," she said.

"The number of women in the workforce is growing more and more.

"The industry is always changing, it's interesting and can take you anywhere."

Ms Russell, an environment manager for Bechtel, said she doesn't really notice she is working in a male-dominated industry.

"There are women in every level of the construction industry," she said.

"It doesn't matter what sex you are. What matters is your level of professionalism, communication skills and your ability to problem-solve."

Ms Russell said she would have to do some last-minute shopping to meet the high-glamour dress code for the night.

"I can't wear my jeans and high vis shirts," she said. "It's going to be a good night, to receive that level of recognition is just wonderful."

Topics:  awards, bechtel, construction, curtis island, environment




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