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Building Senate Inquiry Back On

Nick Xenophon, Senator for South Australia

With the inquiry being placed on hold just prior to last year's federal election, the Senate inquiry into nonconforming building materials is back on the agenda, with the reformed committee given until 25 May 2017 to make its report. 

The inquiry was originally proposed following an incident, where incorrect cladding had been installed to the facade of a Melbourne high-rise, contributing to a major fire taking hold of the Docklands residential building. The new inquiry has expanded their terms of reference to now include industry concerns relating to the illegal importation and use of asbestos in buildings.

The committee was originally expected to report by October 2015, but after a series of extensions, the inquiry was eventually put on hold in the lead-up to the election.

The AGGA has actively contributed to this inquiry over the past 12 months. We will continue to report back to members on all developments.

 

Sandra Entermann. Our first female Certified Glazier.

 

AGGA is pleased to announce our first female Certified Glazier on the AGGA Master Glazier program - Sandra Entermann.

It was never Sandra's intention to become a glazier. In 1993, after a week of orientation at Griffith University she took a gap year and after a short period of wondering what to do, commenced work to help her brother Gary in the office of the glass business he had just acquired. Sandra soon realised that she could be more use in the small business if she learned to cut glass. With a patient brother as a teacher, Sandra learned to respect the glass she worked with and so began a career spanning 23 years of learning with no stitches!

Always trying to help the business run more efficiently, Sandra finally decided to get certified when she discovered that prior learning counted and going to TAFE was not necessary. Sandra fully supports the AGGA Master Glazier program as she believes it will lift the profile of the industry to new entrants. She believes it also shows that glazing is a trade for females and one they can progress in by achieving this higher level status. Sandra will be including it in the next talk she gives to girls who are still at school about the opportunities for females in glazing.

To find out more about the Master Glazier program call 03 8669 0170 or email patrick@agga.asn.au

 

Adam Roberts. First Indigenous Certified Glazier.

Adam Roberts is a member of the Baladung tribal community in Western Australia. He is also the first indigenous Glazier to achieve Certified Glazier status in the AGGA Master Glazier program. When his application was reviewed his references described Adam as having an awesome work ethic and great workmanship.

Adam's commitment to the glass industry goes all the way back to his grandfather, Les Dwyer, who passed on his passion for the industry to Adam's father who in turn passed on his commitment to Adam.

Indigenous recruitment into the glazing trade has increased over the last four years from 6 in 2012 to 35 in 2015. Adam believes that the glazing trade is very suitable for indigenous people as it involves hands-on work, working outside and changes from day-to-day.

Presently working for West Perth Glass and Aluminium Adams career started at the age of 18 with K and R Contracting for over 10 years and then West Perth Glass for 8 years as well as experience working for other Western Australia glazing companies.

He firmly believes that glazing is in his blood and being recognised by the industry as a Certified Glazier is one of the proudest achievements of his career. His goals are to follow in the footsteps of his family members, promote glazing to his Baladung community and to be the best Glazier he can possibly be.