Tyrone Pearce

Queensland Carpenter of the Year 2011, Tyrone Pearce has over 31 years experience in the building industry in both welding and carpentry. He has always been committed to helping Indigenous Australians and in doing so closing the gap in life outcomes and opportunities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

He is currently involved in "A Hand Up" project which is managed by the Phil Little Sustainable Design Foundation (PLSDF) of which he has been inducted as an Indigenous Trustee. This project aims to deliver initiatives that improve social outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a commitment to developing clean, energy efficient communities with affordable housing.

One of the initiatives that Tyrone has been involved in is the establishment of a Solar Housing Academy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The academy provides Indigenous people with assistance to obtain trade qualifications across the building industry.

He has also been involved in introducing the Solar Decathlon Challenge into Australian Universities - a worldwide competition to design, build and operate an eco-friendly house that also has the capacity to power an electric car.

He attributes his success to the sacrifices that he has made and believes that sacrifice is the key to moving forward.

Tyrone is also an Indigenous Ambassador of Education for DEEWR (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations). This volunteer role involves speaking to school aged children about his educational journey.

Regardless of whether he is working or volunteering, Tyrone always endeavours to instil a belief that anything is achievable if we put our mind to it.

DESCRIPTION: Tyronne Pearce, Queensland Carpenter of the Year 2011