HALT “Save Your Bacon” Brekky!

By | Community, News

It was just a coincidence, as I’ve just found out that today is World Suicide Prevention Day, but how fitting to hold our HALT “Save Your Bacon” Brekky this morning focusing on raising awareness of anxiety, depression and well-being in the tradie community.  With Australian research showing that, compared to other industries, those in construction are at a higher risk of experiencing mental health problems it is important for us to talk about this problem and provide practical advice as to how tradies can look after themselves and their mates.

Jeremy Forbes, founder of HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies) gave a heartfelt and really down to earth talk to the group of local tradies present. As they chowed down on expertly cooked egg and bacon rolls thanks to Shane and Frenchy from Lyons Construction, and freshly brewed coffee thanks to Ang and Alison from Divine Grind Coffee, the tradies learned some of the triggers for depression (including relationship breakups, financial stress, gambling addiction, substance abuse).

Jeremy then stepped the group through ways to start a conversation with a mate who they suspect may not be OK and who to seek help from:

  1. A GP (who may write you a Mental Health Plan and refer you to a Psychologist)
  2. Lifeline (13 11 14)
  3. Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636)
  4. Head Space 12 – 25 year olds (5222 6690)
  5. Blue Hats Incolink members (1300 000 129)

A really helpful piece of advice was not to stop seeking help if the first psychologist you see isn’t a good fit because it often takes a few go’s before finding the right one for you.

So if you suspect that one of your workmates is not OK:

  • Find a time that is convenient for them to have a chat
  • Go for a coffee / drink / walk to get away from workplace distractions
  • Mention specific things that have made you concerned for them. E.g. “You seem less chatty than usual. Are you OK?”
  • If they’re not OK, don’t judge them.
  • Listen and encourage them to connect with appropriate support.

Thanks to all who braved the icy cold this morning to attend the Save Your Bacon Brekky…special mention of the Buckby Electrical Crew who turned out in force!

Thanks to HALT, FAGGS Mitre 10, and Divine Grind Coffee for their support of the event.

Congratulations Avalon Airport – Winner Lyons Construction Sponsored GBEA

By | Awards, News

Last night, Avalon Airport beat a strong field of contenders to take out top honours for the, Lyons Construction sponsored, Medium to Large Business Award, at the 2019 Geelong Business Excellence Awards. The night was topped off when CEO, Justin Giddings, won Business Leader of the Year.

Justin described the past twelve months as extraordinary; as he and his team worked to build an international terminal and begin international flights. In thanking his team he acknowledged that it was only through their efforts, and the strength of their teamwork, that they had been able to achieve what they had achieved.

Justin Giddings (CEO, Avalon Airport) accepting the award from Gary Iacono (MD, Lyons Construction).

The Lyons Construction Board and staff congratulate Justin, and his team, on being recognised as a business of excellence.



Lyons Construction receives certificate from CBA

By | Awards, News

Not many businesses thrive for 90 years and even fewer can lay claim to having been with the same bank for over 70 years. Cousins, Steve Lyons and Christine Lyons, representing the third generation of Lyons family members working in the family business, Lyons Construction, were recently, very honoured, to accept a certificate from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) for both achievements on behalf of the company.

Darryl Mohr, General Manager, Regional and Agribusiness Banking VIC/TAS made the presentation at a dinner held on Tuesday 16 July. The dinner, sponsored by the CBA, was an opportunity for local business owners to meet with Darryl, Grant Cairns, Executive General Manager, Regional and Agribusiness Banking and Geelong based CBA staff. Grant provided an overview of current opportunities and challenges for regional businesses and support available from the CBA. The evening was a great opportunity for local business owners, from a diverse range of backgrounds, to come together to share their experiences.

Steve remarked, upon accepting the certificate, that one of the strengths of Lyons Construction has been the strong partnerships that have been forged over many years with other local businesses. Not only has this been important for our business to gain and maintain a competitive edge but the company has also supported many local subcontractor and suppliers’ businesses to also thrive. This has allowed us to achieve our goal of building a vibrant, successful and strong community. Something that we have been achieving since 1929. Steve concluded by thanking Ian Leuhman who has provided Lyons Construction with his expertise and support over the last 7 years. We look forward to continuing to work with Ian, and the CBA team, as we head toward our centenary in business.

Regional Industry Sector Employment Program (RISE) Graduation

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Norm Lyons, Chairman Lyons Construction, Rob Birch, CEO Gforce Employment Solutions and Tim Ellis, Manager the City’s Economic Development team


Norm Lyons, Chairman of Lyons Construction, Rob Birch, CEO of Gforce Employment Solutions and Tim Ellis, Manager of the City’s Economic Development team were all smiles after presenting the graduation ceremony for the fourth group of participants in the Regional Industry Sector Employment Program (RISE) on Wednesday 26 June.

The construction industry skills program continues to support better outcomes for young people in Greater Geelong, with six of the eight Group 4 graduates already placed as apprentices with local construction businesses and 39 graduates overall since the program commenced in July 2018.

For more information about the RISE program contact ecodev@geelongcity.vic.gov.au

Source: Economic Development, City of Greater Geelong



Honouring Eric James Lyons – Founder of Lyons Construction

By | News

90 years ago a young man from Belmont, Eric James Lyons, found himself out of work after the builder he was working for became insolvent.

It was the beginning of the Depression. Work was very hard to find, especially locally. And Eric not only had to find work for himself but also for his younger brother Allan who had just commenced his carpentry apprenticeship.

This was the beginning of E. J. Lyons, Builder.

Eric got his lucky break, in early 1929, when he was awarded a contract to build a “Closer Settlement” house in Patho West, Echuca. What happened next wasn’t due to luck. It was the result of a strong work ethic, a desire to always do one’s best and produce quality workmanship, and Eric’s personal values of integrity, honesty and fairness.

After being offered more work in the north of the State, Eric, who by now had gained a reputation as an honest and competent worker, was awarded a contract to build 5 one room schools in the Heytesbury District down near Timboon. And so for the next 2 years Eric and Allan worked a 60 hour week, for as Eric would often say, “barely starvation wages.”

Once things started to pick up economically, and newly married, work became available in Geelong, and Eric’s workmen are credited with building many homes in Geelong, including at least 120 in Belmont over the coming years.

From these beginnings the present day business,  Lyons Construction, was born.

On Sunday 2 June, 2019, Eric’s family and the Lyons Construction Board, came together to honour, and celebrate, Eric’s life and his founding of the Company.

Eric’s life was long, 97 years, and he was a revered and much loved father, grandfather and great grandfather. All present had fond memories to share; especially of happy days spent at Merrijig, the family holiday home at Torquay, and of fishing trips out in the boat off Fisherman’s Beach.

The foundations Eric laid for Lyons Construction remain strong to this day. He led by example and as Norm Lyons, Chairman of the Board remarked on the day, my father, Eric’s leadership, continues to inspire me, and all who work at Lyons Construction today.






Lyons Construction recognised in Heritage Honours

By | Awards, LC Team

The City of Greater Geelong and local branch of the National Trust hosted the annual Heritage awards night on Wednesday 8 May 2019.

Two projects Lyons Construction has been involved in were recognised in the awards.

Geelong Covent Garden, 174 Moorabool St, Geelong 

Owners: The Anthony Costa Foundation

For: Restoration of a Heritage Place, New Work to a Heritage Place and Re-Creative Reuse of A Heritage Place.

The birthplace of the Cost family business was re-acquired by the Costa Group in 2015 and has been converted into the company’s administration offices. The restoration of the front facade through chemical method paint removal, mortar repair and the reconstruction of the post supported cast iron veranda has produced an extraordinary outcome.

Portalington Primary School, 100 Newcombe St, Portalington

Owners: Portalington Primary School

For: Restoration of a Heritage Place and Interpretation of a Heritage Place.

Opened in 1882, the old Portalington State School was typical of one-room state school buildings of the time. As part of a wider recent redevelopment of the school it was restored with a new paint scheme based on historical precedents.

Lyons Construction wishes to thank the whole team including subcontractors and suppliers who worked on both of these projects.

Special mention of Simon Taylor for his Project Management of Covent Garden and Adrian Dore for his Site Management of Portalington Primary School. Another great outcome for the Company and the community.

Source: Geelong Advertiser

Proudly Celebrating 90 Years

By | News

During 2019 Lyons Construction proudly celebrates its 90th anniversary.

Founded in 1929, by Eric. J. Lyons and his brother Allan, Lyons Construction has grown from strength to strength. We are immensely proud to be Geelong’s oldest and largest, family owned, commercial construction company.

Our heritage is built on the foundations of hard work, strong values and a desire to contribute in a positive way to our community. Specialising in medium to large construction and with extensive experience in education, health, community, aged care, retail, hospitality and industrial, Lyons Construction prides itself on constructing buildings of excellence.

Our achievements have been recognised by our peers in the industry through numerous Master Builders of Victoria “Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings” Awards and in 2018 Lyons Construction was crowned MBAV 2018 Commercial Builder of the Year (South West Region).

Naturally none of what Lyons Construction has achieved could have been achieved without the Lyons Construction team and the support of local subcontractors and suppliers. Strong relationships with all involved in a project are vital so that we may continue to construct buildings of excellence and thrive for the next 90 years.

Lyons Construction building a vibrant, strong, and successful community since 1929.

Official Opening of Highton Child and Family Centre

By | News, Projects

The opening of the Highton Child & Family Centre, on Friday 15 March 2019, was a proud moment for all involved. None prouder were the Lyons Construction team members, Simon Taylor (Contracts Manager) and Dan Evans (Site Manager), responsible for the project.  

Premier Dan Andrews with Lyons Construction staff; Dan Evans (Site Manager), Steve Lyons (Commercial Manager), and Gary Iacono (Managing Director).


The state of the art bespoke building not only provides vital child and family services at the one location, it does so in a beautiful space; and who wouldn’t love the playground with all of it’s fun gadgets and learning opportunities.

Through passive design the Highton Child and Family Centre’s will achieve a 6 star Green Star rating further demonstrating the City of Greater Geelong’s commitment to future generations.

Naturally, constructing a building of such high quality and finish relies on the knowledge and skills of a wide range of tradespeople and suppliers so a big thank and congratulations to all involved.

For more information and photos follow the link here to our Projects Page

2019 Deakin University Geelong Business Excellence Awards Launched

By | Awards, Community

On Wednesday 27 February, the 2019 Deakin University Geelong Business Excellence Awards (GBEA) were launched. Established in 1986 and managed by The Geelong Chamber of Commerce, the Geelong Business Excellence Awards recognises organisations that have achieved business excellence in the Geelong region.

As a previous winner of the GBEA Overall Award, Lyons Construction knows first hand the value of gaining recognition and celebrating your businesses’ achievements and performance. In 2019, Lyons Construction continues its long association with the GBEA by sponsoring the Medium to Large Organisation Award.

The theme for the 2019 awards is “Celebrating the Journey.” Lyons Construction’s journey commenced in 1929. Growing from humble beginnings, when Eric J Lyons alongside his brother Allan started the business, Lyons Construction is now Geelong’s largest and oldest commercial construction company.

Specialising in medium to large commercial construction and with a wealth of experience in education, health, community, aged care, retail, hospitality and industrial, Lyons Construction is proud of the reputation it has achieved. We also recognise that it is the team behind Lyons Construction that is responsible for our success.

This year, Lyons Construction celebrates its 90th Anniversary and reflects on its journey since 1929 and the positive impact the company has had to date in Geelong and regions. We also look to the future so that the company may continue to thrive. Later in the year we will celebrate our journey.

Lyons Construction encourages all businesses whether large of small to enter the Geelong Business Excellence Awards and looks forward to celebrating the journey with all entrants at the award ceremony later in the year.


Ethan…a champion in the making!

By | LC Team, News

The annual Lyons Construction Staff Social Bowls Competition was held on Wednesday 20 February 2019 at the Geelong Lawn Bowls Club (GBC). The night,  which is a great chance to get together and have some fun,  is also a nod to Eric J Lyons, who was a founding member of the GBC and a past president and champion. Eric would have been pleased as punch to see young, and not so young, enjoying a game of bowls on what turned out to be a beautiful evening; just perfect bowling weather.

Retired Director, Kevin Lyons, who enjoys a game or two of bowls, declared the winner of the evening, Ethan Bauzon, a natural and possible future champion of the game. With most recreational bowlers having reached retirement age, and with Ethan only being 13, it could be a long wait to see if Kevin’s predication comes true!. But if Ethan does want to take up the sport he could have a chat to Chairman of the Board, Norm Lyons, about Lyons Construction sponsorship.

Staff wishing to hone their skills prior to the 2020 competition can head down to the GBC’s Learn to Bowl session on a Saturday morning. For more information about what time the session will be held and to book a spot go to www.geelongbowlsclub.com.au

Congratulations again to Ethan, runner up Pat Barber, and to all who took part in the evening …well bowled!