THE hottest tradies from the Heritage City will steam up the stage at the Criterion Hotel on Saturday night.
Maryborough's Hottest Tradies Competition is attracting plenty of entrants but they might not all be what the public expects.
While doing a trade might be seen as a male occupation, Maryborough's Taleea Thompson is defying the stereotype and is so far the only female who has nominated for the event.
Taleea is a concreter who says she will be flying the flag for the females on the night and reckons there's nothing the boys can do with concrete that she couldn't do better.
She works for her dad's business, AT Concreting, in Maryborough and says while she takes a little longer than the boys, her dad doesn't mind because her finished work is a bit better.
"I'm a perfectionist," Taleea said.
"I take longer but I do a better job."
She admits to having a few nerves because she's the only girl in the competition. But she's confident it will be a lot of fun.
Because her dad owns a concreting business, she has grown up with the work.
She has been employed in the industry for the past three years, since she finished school, but was doing odd jobs for her dad long before that.
Taleea loves the job and says working outside and meeting new people were the highlights for her.
"I love working outdoors - I get to build my tan up," she said.
She has worked on many projects in Maryborough and says almost every street had an example of work she had done, from the Maryborough ambulance station to the Lamington Bridge boat ramp.
Taleea, who will turn 21 in January, said there wasn't anything the boys could do that she wasn't able to - though she did think if there was a heavy wheelbarrow with five guys just standing around; they should be the ones who moved it.
"I don't like to wheelbarrow," she said wryly.
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