Behind the scenes judging - Pioneer North Queensland Cairns Housing, Kitchen & Bathroom Awards 2019
One of the many highlights of 2019 was being asked by the Cairns HIA Branch to be part of their judging Panel for the Pioneer North Queensland Cairns Housing, Kitchen & Bathroom Awards.
The judging spanned over a 4 day weekend in late August including 86 entries from the region. We traveled the Tablelands and Cairns Suburbs from Gordonvale to Palm Cove.
Each Day started with our first judging at 9am and finish times varied between 4-6pm depending on the number of entries being judged and the distances required to be traveled.
Every Entry is evaluated against the same criteria set out in the HIA Secure Platform for completion by all three judges at each inspection. Busily working away via laptop or mobile devices we score each element to ensure consistent criteria is reviewed for each entrant. Fortunately my experienced judging companions Richard Frank - F&P Interiors & Paul Cohen - Cairns Regional Council quickly schooled me as the new kid on the block.
Our driver, Russell Parnicott ensured we kept our energy up with a never ending supply of sugar available in the vehicle at all times. Regular coffee stops were mandatory and somehow we managed to fit in lunch each day.
The exceptional quality, functional design & unique space witnessed during the judging made the experience even more exciting. At each property we often met the Contractor, Designer and / or Owner prior to spending 15-20 minutes reviewing the entry prior to completing our online assessment.
A huge shout out to the Cairns Region for their outstanding workmanship witnessed in the Judging Process.
It goes without saying that each day had its own little bit of fun and wherever possible I wanted to ensure the functionality of the design such as this bath tub above.
Congratulations to all of the winners who can be found online: https://hia.com.au/awards/regional-housing-awards/north-qld/2019/cairns/kitchen
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