Nikki Suey is an agent of change in the male-dominated construction industry

BOWEN Hills resident Nikki Suey considers herself to be a change agent - someone who can educate others on indigenous affairs and arm them with the tools to make a positive attitude shift.

She's been recognised as one of the frontrunners in construction when she was recognised for Achievement in the Construction Industry by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander woman.

Ms Suey was among 12 winners at the annual National Association of Women in Construction QLD/ NT Crystal Vision Awards, held in Bowen Hills.

Ms Suey works for John Holland as a Queensland indigenous affairs adviser to help increase cultural awareness, community participation, and retention of indigenous staff members.

Being an Aboriginal woman in the male-dominated construction industry, Ms Suey said starting out two years ago there were times she felt isolated, being part of two minorities.

But she has found the construction industry offers her a powerful opportunity to change the lives of others.

"To most people, a job is just a job. To us, it's so much more,'' Ms Suey said.

"It allows us to boost economic independence in our communities and show the younger generations that there are opportunities out there for our people, we just have to reach out and grab them with both hands and make the most of it.

As part of her role, Ms Suey talks with local schools, TAFE and universities to empower students.

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