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May 2018

Always be yourself…and don’t take no for an answer!

By | News

These were the two key messages delivered to a captivated audience by Sue Alberti, businesswoman and philanthropist, at a recent Geelong Women in Trades (GWIT) breakfast.

Sue‘s story is inspiring. She has endured two tragedies; her first husband Angelo was killed by a truck in 1996 and then her only child Danielle died at the age of 32 in 2001. Throughout these tough times, and during her own health crises in more recent years, Sue has shown tremendous courage and perseverance.

When faced with deciding what to do with their construction business following Angelo’s untimely death Sue stepped up from her behind the scenes role and assumed the leadership role. Sue knew that in order to run the business she needed to know as much as possible about construction. She went back to school, the only female in a class of men, completed her building qualification and within a couple of years became the first female to become a registered builder in Victoria.

Sue is a trailblazer and a role model for women in trades. Sue encouraged the women in the audience to be themselves and to work with all as part of the team. Sue is a shining example of what hard work, self-belief, respect for all and grit can achieve.

Judging by the buzz in the room, the Geelong women present who are working in trades, will be standing just a little taller and less likely to take no for an answer in the weeks, months and years to come.

Investing in the future of the building industry

By | News

Lyons Construction welcomes the Government’s $49.8 million investment in the Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships program announced by Treasurer Tim Pallas in his third State Budget on Tuesday 1 May 2018. As a long term employer of trades people we share the concerns expressed by others in the sector regarding the skills shortage and the complexities in training individuals to be “job ready” for an industry that has, and is, rapidly changing.

Our current carpentry apprentice, Declan Robertson, joined Lyons Construction last year as a school based apprentice and in 2018 transitioned to a full time staff member. He has been a great addition to the team. His keenness to learn and his positive attitude is often remarked upon. 

One of his mentors at Lyons Construction is Bernie Henry. It is fitting that Bernie should mentor Declan just as he was mentored by more experienced staff members when he joined Lyons Construction as an apprentice in 1980. Bernie’s first job with Lyons was a house for the Griffith’s family in Remony Avenue, Highton. It was a modern house, split level with many architectural details, a great learning opportunity for Bernie.

Bernie has been a great asset to Lyons working on many buildings in and around Geelong including Smorgy’s, GTECH and a number of police stations and schools. 

We do hope that Declan is still working in the industry in 2056; that will equate to the number of years Bernie has worked as part of the Lyons team so far. It’s hard to imagine what the building industry will be like then but I do hope that what remains is the camaraderie and willingness to share knowledge and skills across all experience levels in our business.


Cunningham Pier

By | Awards, Projects

Lyons Construction has a long history of “building excellence” in and around Geelong. One of the most iconic would be the building (which I still call Smorgy’s…I’m showing my age) at the end of Cunningham Pier.

The venue has come a long way since people flocked to Smorgy’s restaurant in their droves for the “all you can eat” smorgasbord with the kids squealing in delight at the Animatronic floor show, featuring Salty the Seal and Neptune resplendent in a Geelong footy jumper.

The restaurants currently occupying the building at the end of Cunningham Pier are a lot more refined. The Pier offers what I believe is one of the best views in town and you can’t beat Wah Wah Gee for great tasting food in a hip and funky atmosphere. The building has definitely stood the test of time; it perches resplendent on the end of the pier.

My favourite view of it is when I round the bend from Rippleside and it is bathed in late afternoon sun. In 1998 Norm Lyons won an Australian Institute of Building, Professional Excellence in Building, award for overseeing the building of “Smorgy’s”.

This award, accepted on behalf of all who worked on “Smorgy’s”, was in recognition of the high level of expertise and skill required to complete the project, particularly in such challenging surroundings, situated on the end of a pier with water on three sides. It’s testament to the Lyons Construction staff and subcontractors that the building has weathered the years and still stands proudly overlooking Corio Bay.

Welcome to our new website and blog!

By | News

After 5 months of planning and development, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new website.

We wanted a new website to showcase our projects and better collaborate with our partners, clients and associates on our work and the issues and new ideas that will make our business stronger and more innovative for the future.

You will now be able to view our latest projects, become a part of our social media pathway and engaged with our ideas and perspectives on our new Blog – “Impact”. The “Impact” blog will keep us all updated on our latest news and industry related information from a local, national and international perspective; becoming a voice for our company and the people that collaborate with us.

We know you will like the fresh new look of the website and the improved navigation that will allow you to find the information you need more quickly and easily. We are committing to regular updates on our new site, so please check back with us to see what has changed.

We really value your opinion. Please contact us to let us know what you think of our new website – all comments and feedback are welcome. Please also let us know if you cannot find something or would like to make any suggestions for new information or topics.

Many thanks for your ongoing support and we look forward to hearing from you!