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December 2017 Fairbrother Newsletter

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Fairbrother sponsors Olympic cyclist Scott Bowden

Company supports world-class athletes.

Fairbrother Chairman Royce Fairbrother and Fairbrother Foundation Chairwoman Gaye Rutherford with Olympic cyclist Scott Bowden.


Continuing its long history of helping some of Tasmania’s best athletes chase their dreams, Fairbrother is supporting Olympian Scott Bowden’s quest to become a professional cyclist.

The multi-talented cyclist joins fellow Olympian Amy Cure as the current world-class athletes receiving support from the Tasmanian construction company.

Fairbrother Chairman Royce Fairbrother said the company was proud to be in a position to support Tasmanian athletes.

“At Fairbrother we are proud of our long history of supporting Tasmanian youth to pursue their goals,” Mr Fairbrother said.

“We believe Scott has a bright future ahead, and we are delighted to partner with him through to the Tokyo Olympic Games – I’ve told him I’ll be there personally to cheer him over the finish line,” the avid cycling fan said.

The current Under 23 Cross Country Mountain Bike National Champion, Bowden was selected to race at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the Cross Country Mountain Bike event, where he placed 36th.

In recognition of his versatility, he was also asked to also compete in the road race at Rio, supporting fellow Tasmanian Richie Porte for the first 160km.

With a raft of goals set, including success at the Elite Road Nationals in January and one day racing in the Tour De France, Bowden said the support he receives from Fairbrother is vital in this early stage of his career.

"For me partnering with Fairbrother, a Tasmanian company and one that supported me early on as a triathlete, is a great honour and I look forward to representing them,” Bowden said.

“Their support allows me to continue to focus on training and racing at my very best level while chasing my goals to become a professional cyclist."


Applications open for 2018 Apprenticeships

Calling all aspiring apprentices!

Applications are now being accepted for 2018 Apprenticeships.

Fairbrother has a number of vacancies across the state for carpentry and joinery apprentices.

Click here, or the link at the top of the page, for more information.

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Apprentice of the Year award for Fairbrother carpenter

Jacob Mead named Apprentice of the Year at Master Builders Association of Tasmania Awards for Excellence.

Apprentice of the Year Jacob Mead with General Manager Kurt Arnold (L) and North West Manager Marcus Perkins (R)


Young Coastal carpenter Jacob Mead has been hailed as the state’s best construction apprentice at Saturday night’s Master Builders Association of Tasmania Awards for Excellence.

The award led a golden night for Fairbrother Pty Ltd, with the company also winning six project awards and the coveted Commercial Builder of the Year award.

Jacob began his career with Fairbrother at the Devonport Homemaker site and over the four years of his apprenticeship he worked on a variety of projects including: the Port Sorell Retail Development, UTAS NRAS apartments in Burnie, Simplot, Nant Distillery and the Royal Hobart Hospital.

He is currently working as a Leading Hand on the Devonport Living City site.

General Manager Kurt Arnold said Jacob was an excellent representative for both Fairbrother and the construction industry as a whole.

“Jacob is an impressive young man who has earned the respect of his peers,” Mr Arnold said.

Fairbrother CEO Craig Edmunds said the award win was well deserved and that the future looks bright for the talented young tradesman.

“Jacob is a highly capable young tradesman and an asset to our company. His dedication and enthusiasm is impressive and stands him in good stead for a long, successful career in the construction industry,” Mr Edmunds said.

Fairbrother’s awards from 2017 Master Builders Association of Tasmania Awards for Excellence:

State Apprentice of the Year: Jacob Mead

Lifestyle for Seniors: Queen Victoria Homes Independent Living Units

New Construction $1 Million - $2 Million: Lauderdale Primary School

New Construction $5 Million - $10 Million: Kings Meadows High School

Renovation / Fitout Over $5 Million - $10 Million: RHH EW8 Building A & J Refurbishment

Renovation / Fitout Over $1 Million - $5 Million: Lady Gowrie Tasmania

Work Health & Safety: Lady Gowrie Tasmania

Commercial Builder of the Year 2017


Hospital demolition wins award

Hazell Bros and John Holland-Fairbrother Joint Venture win Civil Contractors Federation award

The John Holland-Fairbrother Joint Venture and Hazell Bros demolition of the old Royal Hobart Hospital building claimed an award at the recent CCF awards for excellence.

Hazell Bros and JHFJV partnered for the demolition of the building, which made way for the construction of the new K-Block.

The demolition won the $1m-$5m category at the awards night on Friday.

Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment Project Director Wade Harrison said it was a great result.

"This is a fantastic achievement for our project and our partner, Hazell Bros," Mr Harrison said.

Work continues for JHFJV on the $689m Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment.

Members of JHFJV and Hazell Bros celebrate their award win.

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Awards wins for Fairbrother

Fairbrother named Regional Commercial Builder of the Year at North West Master Builders Regional Building Awards in Bendigo.

Above: Fairbrother staff (from left) John Ellis, Peta Alexander, Mat Schepers, General Manager Michael Josey, Brad Van Den Bosch, Jacqui Lovejoy, Andrew Burns, Nick Hayes and Shane Harris with their spoils from the awards gala.


Fairbrother's Bendigo division is celebrating its award wins from last weekend's North West Master Builders Regional Building Awards.

The division not only took out the award for Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings over $6 million for its work on the mixed-use development at 111 Mitchell Street, Bendigo, but also claimed the Regional Commercial Builder of the Year award.

In presenting the award, Master Builders Association of Victoria CEO Radley de Silva paid tribute to Fairbrother's work on the development.

“A successful multi-function redesign such as this one is always worth recognising, if only for the challenge of delivering on so many demands,” Mr de Silva said.

“Blending multiple upscale living units with retail spaces and the reconstruction of the basement area, and enclosing them in distinctive façade details such as these is no small task, and Master Builders congratulates Fairbrother on a job well done,” he said.

Fairbrother will compete in the Victorian Excellence in Construction Awards to be held on 4 August. 

Above: The mixed-use development at 111 Mitchell Street, Bendigo.  

$3k raised for Cancer Council's Biggest Morning Tea

Fairbrother's Living City project team dig deep to support charity.

Would you pay $200 for a carton of James Boag’s Draught cans?

One of our foremen at Devonport's Living City project did!

Recently the project crew held a fundraiser barbecue and auction in aid of Cancer Council Australia's Biggest Morning Tea.

The auction and barbecue was supported by local businesses who generously donated tools, food and drink and supplies for the event.

All up, $3637.05 was raised from the event.

Kudos goes to foreman, Graham, who forked out $200 for a carton of beer and also to site manager, Duncan, who kept bidding to push the price up!

Thanks to Spreyton Butchery, Spreyton Bakery, Feeling Fruity, SHG Trade Solutions, Rapid Supply Tasmania, Nubco and Big Bargain Bottleshops for their generous donations and support.

Fairbrother issues Masters Games challenge

Fairbrother challenges Tasmanian business community to take on the 2017 Australian Masters Games.


Fairbrother’s enthusiastic cyclists are already in training for the Australian Masters Games, to be held in Tasmania in October, and are throwing down the gauntlet to other Tasmanian businesses, urging them to encourage employees to participate.


“Fairbrother is actively encouraging as many of our employees as possible to participate in the Australian Masters Games,” Fairbrother Chairman Royce Fairbrother said.

“In fact, we issue a challenge to all Tasmanian business leaders to join together with their employees to support and encourage participation in the Games,” he said.

On the morning of Saturday, April 22, the Fairbrother bunch set off for an 60+km training ride with North-West Coast Olympian Amy Cure.

The ride was a chance to celebrate the Fairbrother-sponsored cyclist’s successes at the recent World Track Championships in Hong Kong and also an opportunity to catch-up with Amy before she heads back to Europe for the road season with the Wiggle High-5 team.

However, the Fairbrother riders were no doubt hoping to gain a few insights and race-winning tips from Amy in preparation for October’s Games.

Mr Fairbrother, who is also the Australian Masters Games Chairman, said the company has always encouraged its employees and their families to participate in sport – supporting everything from triathlon to team sports and even motor sport.

“The goals of the Australian Masters Games team is to leave a legacy that will provide a lasting benefit to Tasmania and these games provide an excellent opportunity for business leaders to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of physical activity,” Mr Fairbrother said.

“I strongly believe that fit and healthy people are a vital asset for any successful business and I see this as a great opportunity to champion that belief,” he said.