August 2021 – Women of WIDAC

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WIDAC is all about getting to know each other, so welcome to our forth edition of Women of WIDAC!

Introducing these dynamic women from VIC, NSW, QLD, and SA… 

To learn more about each of their recent projects, work, and industry achievements, read on below.

If you’d like to say hi, reach out to us at hello@widac.com.au.

South Australia – based members:

Deb James, Director of Innovation | Resonate Consultants

3 Likes: Food, wine and associated beverages, getting things done

3 Dislikes: bananas, red lollies, the impact we are having on our planet

Who has been your biggest influence and why? My family! They have taught me to work hard, speak up, and be a bit cheeky. 

A recent career highlight: Stepping into a new role covering our innovation and efficiencies. It has been great to be able to focus on something a little bit different and to be pushed out of my comfort zone. Doing the unfamiliar is uncomfortable but it pushes you to learn new and exciting things!

Kara Cursaro, Senior Project Manager | SHAPE Australia

3 Likes: Food, my chickens & anything with friends

3 Dislikes: Writing about myself & running late.

Why WIDAC?  Such a great organisation which provides a comfortable way to network with so many diverse sectors.

A recent project you’ve been involved with: Golden Grove High School

A recent career highlight: Working on diverse new build & healthcare projects and growing our team while doing so.

Queensland – based members:

Anupama Bhanuprasad (Anu), Estimator and Contracts Administrator | Citibuild Constructions

3 Likes: Dogs (Animals in general), Sound of waves, I like how we can achieve something we put our mind and heart into.

3 Dislikes: Bullying, Sexism (I strongly believe in Gender Equality), Wasting food.

Who has been your biggest influence and why? I have learned something new from every person who crossed my path in life. The smallest conversations having a ripple effect on my decisions in turn leading to where I am right now. If I have to narrow it down to one, I would have to say, my family. They have been the biggest influence/support in my life, backing me through every decision I’ve taken starting from leaving India for my education to where I am right now. I couldn’t have done it without them.

A recent career highlight: Completing my one year with Citibuild (winning many projects), growing with the company, and being promoted at work moving into project management.

Jadyn Benzie, Principal Consultant – Traffic | TTM Consulting

3 Likes: green tea, banquet dinner with friends, great Danes

3 Dislikes: bad drivers, no manners, toads

Who has been your biggest influence and why? Pink – you don’t have to change who you are to be successful

A recent career highlight: Promotion to Principal/team lead.

New South Wales – based members:

Kelly Robson, Specialist Project Manager, Public Art and Cultural Projects | City of Sydney, City Projects and Property Division

3 Likes: Being in my 40s. People that are generous with their thoughts and time. The feeling of satisfaction that can only come from going out on a limb and beating the odds. 

3 Dislikes: Running late. Insular people. That I’ll always be a maximalist, despite my intermittent attempts at being a minimalist. 

Who has been your biggest influence and why? Tough one! However, I’d have to say, my dad. His lifelong passion for his work, unwavering love of aviation, engineering, and flight are instilled in me in ways which, although look different from the outside, I now realise are exactly the same.

A recent career highlight: Being part of the team that delivered the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre for the City of Sydney’s Green Square community (which also happens to be how I first met the lovely NSW wing of the WIDAC team when we hosted a special WIDAC site-tour!)

Brunella Muddle, Project Manager and Client Liaison  | Art Pharmacy 

3 Likes: Winter Ocean Swims, finding art in hidden places you would least expect, and when people let their guards down on WFH zoom meetings. 

3 Dislikes: Dishonesty, Endless scrolling, Plonk art (Public art that is ‘plonked’ without any extended engagement, community, or context)

Who has been your biggest influence and why? My mother, endlessly supportive and who without effort creates community wherever she goes. 

A recent career highlight: Taking on a larger Business Development role and completing 5 large public art commissions to be unveiled in September! 

Victoria – based members:

Alex McRae, Project Coordinator | Kapitol Group

3 Likes: Summer, being active and anything design related

3 Dislikes: Pineapple on pizza, slow walkers and not getting enough sleep

Who has been your biggest influence and why? I wouldn’t say anyone specific; I tend to look more so at the qualities people present and this usually dictates if they are a big influence on me. I have the tendency to be influenced by people who are driven, articulate, successful in what they do, and motivating.

A recent career highlight: I’ve recently completed coordination of services and finishes at the 628 Bourke Street re-development. When I initially commenced on the project as a grad this was not my intended role so I am proud of being able to step up and execute the delivery of the fit out.

Patricia Tahitahi (Trish), Materials & Logistics Supervisor | CPBJH JV West Gate Tunnel Project

3 Likes: Red Wine, Food & Positive People

3 Dislikes: People that are late, Confined Spaces & Inflexible work schedules

Who has been your biggest influence and why? My Dad, he has been my biggest influencer in encouraging me to aim for the sky and believing in myself!

A recent career highlight: Promoted from Co-ordinator to Supervisor on my Project.

We hope you learned more about some amazing women across Australia. If you would like to be featured, please contact hello@widac.com.au.

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