The Naked Tradie

Amidst the controversy over topless waitresses serving beers to Geocon construction workers, Kim Huynh spends a revealing couple of days with a tradie.

Last week the photo of a waitress in a G-string walking into a pack of high-vis workers on the Wayfarer site at Belconnen sent shockwaves through much of the Canberra and the nation.

The incident reinforced stereotypes that businesses and workers in the male-dominated construction sector have spent decades trying to shake.

Recently, I spent a couple of days on the job with James Ballantyne, who most people know as JB handyman. JB’s professional and private life refutes three such stereotypes about tradespeople.

tradie-600x400

Read more…

Posted in Canberra Cameos | By

Why deaf people are ‘in your face!’

During my listening and learning tour I will be profiling Canberrans who are not so well-known, but should be.

Recently I attended a multisports day for deaf kids organised by Deaf Sports Australia and DeafACT.

What stood out most about the event was the quiet. There were no whistles blowing, half-time sirens, barracking parents or competitors screaming “Pass it to me!” Read more.

Ear

 

Posted in Canberra Cameos | By

The Reptilian Women of Canberra

During my listening and learning tour I will be profiling Canberrans who are not so well-known, but should be. The first ‘Canberra Cameo’ is of Niki Johnson and Claudia Corrigan who I met at the Canberra Reptile Zoo.

Niki Johnson and Claudia Corrigan know exactly where they want to go and how to get there.

This uncommon confidence has much to do with the fact that on a daily basis they are entangled with snakes, fight off salt water crocodiles and pursue errant frogs and lizards. Read More.

Serpents-Pic

Posted in Canberra Cameos | By