Posted on 22/11/2018

Painters' brush with fame at WA awards for excellence

Painters' brush with fame at WA awards for excellence

THE 2018 Master Painters and Decorators Australia (MP&DA) Dulux Group Awards for Excellence has highlighted WA’s outstanding tradies.

MP&DA chief executive Amanda Dawes congratulated the award winners on the high calibre of entries across 24 categories.  

“Painting and decorating skills are honed by years of training and practice, followed by continuous learning on the job,” she said.

“The awards are a tribute to those in our industry who never stop learning; embracing new techniques and technology, fashion and style while maintaining traditional skills and expertise learned over many years.”

The major award winners were Platinum Finishes Painting & Decorating in Jandakot and Hopkinson Painting in Geraldton, the latter scooping five titles.

Bob the Painter in Albany and Roadrunner Painting and Decorating in Warrenup topped in multiple categories.

The MP&DA also conducted the Apprentice of the Year competition to challenge and assess the next generation of tradies on a range of painting and decorating skills

Lower Chittering resident Natasha Sleath, who works at Colourific Painting Contractors, topped after competing against 10 other highly skilled young tradies from around the state in a gruelling round of theory and practical skills assessments.

“It’s exciting to see the skills coming through from our young apprentices this year and much of this is due to the quality training they are receiving from institutions such as MPA Skills and TAFE,” Ms Dawes said.


Master Painter and Decorator of the Year – Large business

Platinum Finishes Painting & Decorating, Jandakot

Master Painter and Decorator of the Year – Small business

Hopkinson Painting, Geraldton

Business of the Year - Large

Higgins Coatings, Osborne Park

Business of the Year – Small

Hopkinson Painting, Geraldton

New Construction – Commercial up to $200,000

Goldings Painting Pty Ltd, Joondalup

New Constructions – Commercial $200,000 to $1 million

L & M Painting Service, Nedlands

New Constructions – Commercial over $1 million

Platinum Finishes Painting & Decorating, Jandakot

Housing – Up to $300,000

Bob the Painter, Albany

Housing – $300,000 to $800,000

Bob the Painter, Albany

Housing – Over $800,000

Roadrunner Painting and Decorating, Warrenup

Repaints – Commercial up to $100,000

Hopkinson Painting, Geraldton

Repaints – Commercial over $100,000

Hopkinson Painting, Geraldton

Repaints – Housing up to $20,000

Castle Painting & Decorating, East Fremantle

Repaints – Housing over $20,000

Nu-Vision Painting Service, Highgate

Coatings – Industrial/Protective - New

L & M Painting Service, Redcliffe

Coatings – Industrial/Protective - Repaints

Higgins Coatings, Osborne Park

Coatings – Textured finishes - roll on

Higgins Coatings, Karnup

Coatings – Textured finishes - trowel on

Barker-Whittle Pty Ltd, Atwell

Coatings – Textured finishes - spray on

Bob the Painter, Albany

Decorative finishes paint effects - open

G England Decorating Services, Jindalee

Wallcoverings - open

Pretl and Williams, Osborne Park

Historical Restorations

Hopkinson Painting, Geraldton

Woodcare – Up to $10,000

Roadrunner Painting and Decorating, Albany

Woodcare – Over $10,000

Calibre Coatings, Cottesloe

2018 Apprentice of the Year

Natasha Sleath, employed by Colourific Painting Contractors


Bailey Newton, employed by Allready Painters Pty Ltd

Third place

Jessica Ferguson, employed by MPA Skills and hosted by Denis de Rossi Painting