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Greens unveil $60b push to build one million houses by 2050

Friday, 14 September, 2018

The Queensland Greens have promised to push for the construction of one million social housing properties by 2050, if they win seats in the upcoming state election.
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The left-leaning party openly admitted the plan seemed “radical” but said the mass construction of government-owned housing would tackle looming social and economic issues facing the property market.

“The private housing market has failed,” Greens candidate for South Brisbane Amy MacMahon said. “20,000 of us are homeless, over 29,000 are on the waiting list for social housing, one in five are struggling to pay the rent or mortgage while an entire generation can’t afford to buy a home.

“Just like healthcare or education, everyone should be guaranteed a home.”

The Greens would push for the establishment of a Queensland Housing Trust, a government organisation that would build 20,000 homes a year, culminating in one million built by 2050.

Census data from 2016 showed there were almost 10 million dwellings Australia-wide – meaning the Greens would build about one-tenth of that in Queensland in more than 40 years.

Under the plan, the Greens claim homelessness and the strain on social housing would be eliminated within the first few years ??? but it won’t come cheap.

“This plan will see an investment of $60 billion over the first 10 years,” Ms McMahon said. Her party plans to fund the project with rental revenue from the houses and increased mining royalties. Related: Beloved Dornoch Terrace house to be knocked downRelated: REIQ slams Queensland Greens’ rental policyRelated: Inside one of Brisbane’s most unique heritage homes

The Greens claim 16,000 jobs would be created each year.

In the first 10 years, half of the houses would be reserved for social housing and the rest would be given to anyone who applied.

“We would never accept the state government turning hundreds of thousands of children away from schools, or people from hospitals, because we hadn’t invested enough in public education or healthcare,” Ms MacMahon said. “This plan may seem radical but in countries like Austria and the Netherlands virtually everyone has access to high quality, well designed social housing.”

Housing minister Mick de Brenni has been contacted for comment, but the state government has implemented a plan to build 3300 low-cost homes within three years and invest $1 billion.

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MBA recognises its stars

Friday, 14 September, 2018

MBA recognises its stars TweetFacebook 2017 MBA Excellence in Building Awards Friday, August 25 – NEX, NewcastleWith a black and white theme, elaborate table settings and one of Australia’s top comedians in Vince Sorrenti, the Master Builders Association held its gala Excellence in Building Awards at the NEX, Newcastle West last Friday night.
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INDIVIDUAL HONOUR: MBA Young Builder of the Year Evan Graham with Rebecca Pothecary from Hays Recruitment.

Close to 600 guests were entertained and appreciated the outstanding workmanship displayed within the region’s construction industry.

MOVING FORWARD: Twenty-two local award winners now progress to the National Master Builders Awards to be held in Hobart in November.

Over 150 entries were judged, representing a combined value of work exceeding $240 million.

This presented the experienced panel of judges with the unenviable task of selecting the best of the best.

Newcastle Master Builders president Matthew Haines congratulated all entrants for the quality of their projects and acknowledged the significant contribution the industry and the Master Builders contribute to our region’s employment and wealth with over 25,000 workers and suppliers deriving an income from construction work.

The commercial projects were of outstanding calibre.

Commercial Builder of the Year, North Construction and Building, were rewarded for their challenging efforts in completing the Maitland Sportsground, North Wyong Medical Practice and Mount Hutton Opal Aged Care.

It was a difficult choice for the judges when competing against projects of such high standard as Scratchley’s Restaurant (PDA Building), Scenic Head Office (Graph Builders), St. John’s Cathedral (Lyon Constructions), Go Kindy New Lambton (Mavid Construction), Christ Church Cathedral (Compton Projects) and Tighes Hill Substation (Gongues Constructions).

Godbee Electrical were again recognized as the Commercial Subcontractor of the Year for their outstanding work on a number of projects including Kinda Capers Toronto, John Hunter Hospital and Toronto Anglican Care.

The residential awards also produced entries of exceptional build quality, exciting new products and improved sustainability and energy/water efficiency.

The Residential Builder of the Year, Pycon Homes and Construction, delivered high quality standards and finishes throughout a number of dwellings on the Mid North Coast.

To be recognized as the best residential builder against other notable category winners including Croese Building, McDonald Jones, Mavid Construction, Ferris Building, Graph Builders, Craig Marriot Building and Compass Additions was a memorable achievement.

Evan Graham was judged to be the Master Builder’s Young Builder of the Year and collected the award for his astute business skills, attention to detail and superior safety systems.

Automated Innovation was recognized as the Housing Subcontractor of the Year for excellent trade work at Bar Beach and Merewether.

A notable highlight for the night were the awards presented to Rodney Hines, Mark Fernance and Mitchell Earl for their outstanding achievements as building apprentices.

Mitchell Hill and John Brunette were awarded joint winners of the Construction Management University Graduate of the Year.

Nicole Redmond, from North Construction, was recognized for her exceptional service to the industry through the Women in Building Recognition Award.

Twenty-two local award winners now progress to the National Master Builders Awards in Hobart in November, where the region’s previous winners have claimed significant recognition.

Mars declared the best place to work in Australia

Friday, 14 September, 2018

Mars declared the best place to work in Australia TweetFacebook Tour of the Mars factory back in 2014.Photos: Jeremy Bannister.While Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory might only be the stuff of fiction, the next best thing might be right under our noses in Ballarat.
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That’s the way it seems according to the Best Places to Work, a benchmark study that showcases the 50 best places to work across three categories right around Australia.

In the 10thannual study, Mars Australia has come out on top nationwide in the categoryfor organisations that employ over 1000 staff.

It’s not just their chocolate that has ensured Mars receive this accolade. For Mars Ballarat, creating a good workplacemeans working smarter and thinking of the future.

“It’s about the way we work. We make the most of our resources. Weworksmarter not harder,” Mars Ballarat CEO Andrew Loader said.

While the $52 million upgrade to the Ballarat Mars plant and equipment is still underway, he said they’realready planning ahead.

“We’re still working through a timeline and looking at the next level of investment. Business has been growing well and we need to increase the capacity of some of our lines.”

Chocolate factory dream: A worker inspecting chocolates for Mars, which has topped a list for best places to work in the category for organisations with 1000 employees or more.

A family company, Mr Loader attributed the reason behind people wanting to stay in the organisation for so long as the flexibility they offer and the opportunity for employees to do manydifferent things in their Mars career.

While 25 new employees have been added to the company within the last 12 months, Mr Loader has worked with the organisationfor the last 17 years, taking on a range of roles within that time.

He said most of the staff have been with the company for more than 10 years and quite a few for 20.

With over 2000 employees across the country, health and well being programs are availableto all of them including medical check ups and support for physical and mental health.

“We invest in Run Ballarat to encourage people to be more active,” Mr Loader said.

Mars runs community programs across the country and Mr Loader said one of the initiatives specific to Ballarat has involved reading with local kids and school programs.

“Our message would be that we are continuing to support the local community and invest in Ballarat,” Mr Loader said.

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Backyard Grannys has grand designs

Friday, 14 September, 2018

NICHE: Backyard Grannys co-directors Alex Mitchell and Mark Neumann, with Lisa Colins, from Cbus Super.It was victory by design for Bennetts Green-based company Backyard Grannys after taking out the MBA Excellence in Building award for Granny flats.
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Backyard Grannyshasbuilt over 400 granny flats across the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast in the last six years, developing a range of contemporary designer granny flat plans to suit every client’s unique budget, lifestyle and property requirements.

“It was an honour to be recognised by our industry peers,“ Backyard Grannys co-director Alex Mitchell said.

“We pride ourselves on our designer granny flat solutions, as well as our innovative approach to design and finishes.

“We were thrilled to be announced as the winner and very grateful for the team we have behind us.”

Whether you are an investor looking to unlock extra rental income, a family looking for more space to accommodate children or elderly relatives, a business owner needing an office at home or are simply looking for an extra entertaining area, Backyard Grannys has a design to suit you.

“Our team is committed to providing our clients with a high quality, professional service that is built on quality workmanship and integrity,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Each project that we undertake is completed to the highest standard, using the highest quality materials and is designed to achieve the ultimate return on investment.”

Because Backyard Grannys only builds granny flats, Mr Mitchell said clients can be assured that they know the industry inside out and have vast experience delivering a wide range of granny flats to suit a unique range of client requirements.

“Sloping sites and custom designs are not a problem for Backyard Grannys as we are flexible throughout the build process to ensure that your desired result is achieved,” Mr Mitchell said.

Dominant across multiple divisions

Friday, 14 September, 2018

STARS: MBA NSW vice-president Simon Pilcher with John Melvin, Josh Sheather and Matthew Cook of North.
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A swag of awards across individual and company categories, including the coveted Commercial Builder of the Year crown, confirmed North Construction and Building’s premier status in the local industry.

Apart from the prestigious Commercial Builder of the Year honour, North also won thePublic Buildings $6million-$12million, Aged Care/Medium Density Developments, Interior and Shop Fitouts over $500,000 and Best Use of Bricks categories.

On top of that, North employees Mitchell Earl and Nicole Redmond took out the Commercial Apprentice of Year, and the Women in Building Recognition awards respectively.

“Our success at the Newcastle MBA awards is something our business can be proud of and celebrate,” North director Matthew Cook said.

“Getting this recognition from the peak building industry body in our region supports our claims of consistency, quality and professionalism in every project undertaken regardless of size, challenge or project team involved.

“We are grateful to our staff and the many subcontractors who contribute so much to achieving this success.”

Mr Cook said the individual awards won on the evening are fantastic recognition among peers and the industry for both Nicole Redmond and Mitchell Earl.

“For our business, it shows the depth of talent we have and is testament to the support and training focus that underpins our business culture,” he said.

North has been in operation for 30 years and has grown steadily to become the largest locally owned and operated commercial building company in the region.

With a new head office at Tuggerah, their projects are primarily in the Newcastle, Central Coast and Greater Hunter regions and span the aged care, health, education and general commercial sectors.

“North has established long-term relationships with numerous subcontractors and our permanent workforce of direct employees ensures a stable construction team on each project from start to finish,” Mr Cook said.