Minister Congratulates Top Industry Painters

Minister Congratulates Top Industry Painters

Victoria Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva

Victorian Painters Receive Accolades To Hang On Their Wall

Victor P Taffa

The outstanding achievements of Victoria’s top painters and decorators were recognised on Saturday night at the Master Painters Association of Victoria (MPAV) annual awards.

Attending the awards event, Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva congratulated recipients and commended the sector’s valuable work and contribution to Victoria.

“The Master Painters Association is Victoria’s oldest membership-based group with 450 registered members, and the annual awards have been running now for over 100 years.” Mr. Dalla-Riva said.

“The association has a long-standing history in Victoria for promoting best practice and recognising quality workmanship in the painting and decorating sector.”

“Those awarded for long service to the industry are testament to the depth of skill and dedication inherent in the industry, many representing some of our finest, well-known companies such as Haymes Paint, Wattyl, Dulux Australia and Paint Spot.” Mr. Dalla-Riva said.

Mr. Dalla-Riva said the Baillieu Government recognises the significance of the construction industry and the sectors that sustain it, and are delivering measures to support their continued growth and prosperity.

“In our recent State Budget we have delivered on our commitment to slash stamp duty by 50% for eligible first home buyers, increase the current pensioner and concession card holder stamp duty concession and introduce a stamp duty exemption for young farmers.” Mr. Dalla-Riva said.

“These cuts will help boost construction of new homes, supporting the industries sustained by the building sector, including painters and decorators.”

“Skills are also a strong focus, and Victoria’s demand-driven training system enables industries like construction to have training providers develop programs that address industry specific requirements.” Mr. Dalla-Riva said.

“We are providing a $157.8 Million funding boost for vocational education and training programs, including apprenticeships and traineeships, and providing $55.3 Million for the Apprentice/Trainee Completion Bonus for employers of current apprentices and trainees.

“These are just some of the measures we are taking to support the industry to grow and remain competitive and equipped with the skilled people needed to get the job done.” Mr. Dalla-Riva said.

The 2011 MPAV award winners include:


55 Year Service Award

• Jim Korosec, Sunshine Painting Service Pty Ltd

40 Year Service Award

• Geoff and Lee Steveson, GD & U Stevenson

25 Year Service Award

• Peter Keys, Faraday and Kent Pty Ltd

15 Year Service Awards

• Frank Bartucca, Bartucca Tiling and Construction

• Tim Haymes, Haymes Paint

• Eric Zeev, Timbalac Coatings Pty Ltd

• David Geary, Wattyl and Solver Paints

• Tim Jamieson, Dulux Australia

• Terry Ward, PPG Architectural Coatings

• Barry Davies, Barry Davies Painting Pty Ltd

10 Year Service Award

• Jason Driscoll, Oldfields Access Pty Ltd

Recognition Award for over 50 Years Continuous Support to the MPA

• Paula O’Hare, Westfarmers Federation Insurance

• Mary Livori, Westfarmers Federation Insurance

MPA Associate Member of the Year

• Steve Lopes, Paint Spot

FTAA Member of the Year

• Frank Bartucca, Bartucca Tiling and Construction

EnviroPainter of the Year Victoria/Tasmania

• John Crawford, John Crawford Painting Contractors Pty Ltd

Recognition Awards for Contribution and Support of the Painting and Decorating Industry and the MPA

• David McEvoy, Australian Institute of Technology and Education

• Intaj Khan, Western Institute of Technology

MPAV is a membership organisation that is part of the nationwide Australian association. It protects both consumers and members within the Victorian painting and decorating sector, sets quality standards and provides information and inside tips of the trade.