HIA Women in Building Awards

Scenic Rim recipient of ‘Tradeswoman of the Year’

Eco-friendly design and construct firm – Hobbs Building & Interiors’ leading carpenter Rachel Winter was the proud recipient of the Housing Industry Association’s Tradeswoman of the Year.

Boonah local swapped her Blundstone work boots last Friday alongside her team of inspiring Hobbs women, to receive this very prestigious award sponsored by Construction Skills Queensland. 

From a very young age Rachel has had a love of doing up old cars – such as her 1974 Ford XB Falcon – alongside her dad who is a qualified Vehicle Builder. This particular restoration has been two years in the making including rust repairs, panel work and engine modifications. 

Her love for tinkering and strong passion for making something from a pile of materials was further instilled during high school while carrying out her Cert II in Furniture Making. She went on to receive Dux of this class with public recognition during at her Grade 12 high school graduation.

“The primary reason I became a carpenter is genuinely because I love of the work I do and delivering on projects that make my clients happy,” she said.

“Standing back and viewing the end result is incredibly satisfying; knowing that you’ve built it with your own two hands.”

The Hobbs teams’ stellar industry recognition also extended to included: Ryley Sami, finalist Professional Young Woman and Nikki Hobbs, finalist Business Development Manager and finalist Specialised Services.

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