Bundy builders sweep awards
A WIDE Bay-Burnett builder has won the 2012 Apprentice of the Year award, while four others from the region took home statewide Master Builders prizes at a gala presentation in Brisbane.
The Queensland Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards recognise builders and contractors at the forefront of innovation and quality craftsmanship and are the most prestigious awards in the building industry.
Matthew Hall, 28, who works for Bundaberg's Murchie Constructions won the Apprentice of the Year award and said he had worked for Murchie for a bit over four years.
"It was a pretty good surprise to win," Mr Hall said.
"Were doing some office fitouts at the moment."
Murchie Constructions also won the apprentice employer of the year.
A company spokesperson said Mr Hall was a skilled tradesman whose leadership potential had been recognised early.
"Matthew has been exposed to a broad range of commercial and domestic construction, including shop fitting and cabinet making," the spokesperson said.
"Recently completing his apprenticeship, he is hard working, punctual, conscientious as well as a good communicator.
"Always a fast learner, he is noted for tackling any task with exceptional technical skill and a high level of thinking."
Master Builders Wide Bay-Burnett regional manager Dean Wolfenden said the awards program was a way to showcase excellence within the industry.
"Our members have definitely put their best work forward again this year, with so many high-calibre entrants and an amazing standard of workmanship on display in the winning projects," Mr Wolfenden said.
"Despite the challenging economic times, which have meant building activity levels in Queensland remain worryingly low, the awards remain an incredibly positive initiative for our industry.
Other local winners were:
- Trade Contractor Award - Cabinet Making - Murchie Constructions.
- Trade Contractor Award - Swimming Pools, Outdoor Living & Landscaping - Intro Ducing Effects t/a Colin J Clark Essentially Residential.
- Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $276,000 - $575,000 - Stephen J Coates.
- Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $576,000 - Murchie Constructions.