90th Anniversary Cocktail Party – Photo Album

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On November 8th we celebrated our 90th anniversary in style. With clients, contractors, family and friends in attendance, it was the perfect way to celebrate 90 years of business excellence.

Some of the highlights of the night can be seen below, as captured by the talented Alan Barber.

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Commemorative video: Lyons Construction – 90 Years in the Making

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It was with great pride that Lyons Construction launched a commemorative video “Lyons Construction –  90 Years in the Making” at their 90th Anniversary celebration on Friday 8 November 2019.

Watch Video Here: Lyons Construction – 90 Years in the Making 

Produced by the highly talented team from True South Film the video captures the essence of the third generation family business founded by Eric James Lyons in 1929. The firm foundation that Eric laid and instilled in his children, Kevin and Norm, and grandchildren, Steve and Christine, of honesty and integrity and a focus on hard work, quality workmanship and looking for new opportunities when times are tough have been integral to the business’s 90 years of success. As Kevin, notes, “Dad’s work ethic, his honesty and integrity, and his strong family values, continue to inspire us both professionally and personally today.”

The video is dedicated to the 100s of individuals who have been involved in creating buildings “Built By Lyons”. The Lyons Construction Board looks forward to continuing to collaborate with the whole team including the client, LC team, subcontractors, suppliers, architects and consultants to achieve buildings of excellence so that we may continue to build a vibrant, successful and strong community as we have been doing so since 1929.

Norm Lyons (Chairman), Gary Iacono (Managing Director), Bernie Henry, Christine Lyons, and Steve Lyons


Celebrating 90 years of building excellence

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The article in the Geelong Advertiser today says it all. Thank you to all involved and to those coming to our party tonight we look forward to sharing this special occasion with you.


Celebrating 90 years of building excellence

A PROUD third-generation local business is toasting 90 years of building excellence. Lyons Construction Geelong’s oldest and largest commercial construction company, is marking the milestone with a cocktail party tonight. Chairman, Norm Lyons said the occasion salutes almost a century of building distinction, which all began when his father, Eric James Lyons, and uncle, Allan Lyons, built their first house near Echuca in 1929. “The event is an opportunity to thank and pay tribute to all of the individuals who have contributed to our success over the years,” Norm said. The first house, “Built by Lyons”, in Geelong, was 1 Sommers Street, Belmont. The house sits proudly on the hill today and is a testament to Eric’s insistence on quality workmanship. Eric’s legacy is as solid as the 100s of houses he and his team built over the decades to come. “Dad’s work ethic, his honesty and integrity, and his strong family values, continues to inspire us both professionally and personally, today”, son Kevin explains. Building is an integral part of the family history with Eric’s two sons Kevin and Norm having completed their apprenticeships with the business. They then continued to work alongside each other for the next 50 years. Kevin retired as a director in 2016 and his daughter Christine is a current director and human resources manager. Meanwhile, Norm’s son Steve is a director and commercial manager. Managing director Gary Iacono, said Lyons Construction prides itself on developing solid relationships with clients, many of whom have trusted the company to complete multiple projects over the years. “Construction is a team effort. It requires dedication, hard work and collaboration towards delivering a quality outcome,” he said. “We are fortunate to have a skilled, reliable and dedicated team of staff, subcontractors and suppliers who all work together to achieve excellence in building.” Lyons Construction is extremely proud of the many community buildings; schools, medical facilities, libraries, children’s centres and other educational facilities as these provide a tremendous benefit to the whole community. Lyons Construction supports locals in other ways, too. The company, and its employees, has a long association with local charities, including Give Where You Live. “Eric believed in giving back to his community,” Norm said. “He would be proud of where the company is today and the impact we continue to have in our region after all these years.” The industry leader has also collected many awards over the years including overall winner of the Geelong Business Excellence Awards, and last year won Master Builder of Victoria – Commercial Builder of the Year (South West Region).

SOURCE: The Geelong Advertiser, 8 November 2019

HALT “Save Your Bacon” Brekky!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.