Townsville Plumbing Apprentice Wins Industry Award

Pictured - Riley Parker, Smedley Plumbing & Drainage and Gary Smith, Australian Industry Trade College (AITC)

Riley Parker, a school based plumbing apprentice with Smedley Plumbing & Drainage in Townsville, was awarded the Australian Industry Trade College School Based Apprentice of the Year award at the 2018 Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards on Friday 20 July at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane.

Riley is currently in his second to last year of high school at Kirwan State High School in Townsville, while also completing his apprenticeship.

Plumbing runs in his family and Riley aims to follow in these footsteps. He places a strong emphasis on teamwork, and appreciates the value of open communication and high quality performance to get tasks done.

Riley hopes to operate his own business in the future and give back to the community by working on local projects employing local people.

Hosted by Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) in partnership with Event Sponsor Tradelink, the Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards aim to highlight the hard work and dedication invested into the industry by apprentices, plumbers, gasfitters, hydraulic consultants and other industry individuals.

This year the sell-out awards recognised individuals and companies in 17 categories and hosted VIPs including the Minister for Housing and Public Works, Digital Technology and Sport, the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP, the Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works, Energy, Innovation and Digital Technology, Michael Hart MP, State Secretary for the Plumbers Union Qld, Gary O’Halloran and Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission, Brett Bassett.


For further information:


Lisa Hilton
Events & Communications Manager
Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland
07 3273 0800
0439 648 164

Ashleigh Stonehewer
Member Services and Communications Coordinator
Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland
07 3273 0800                             

Editor’s note:           Photographs and interviews are available and can be organised with the winners. Please contact Lisa Hilton or Ashleigh Stonehewer for more information.

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