Businesses Supporting Businesses – Tambo Valley Honey

By | Community, LC Team, News

What a year 2020 has been already! With COVID-19 forever changing the world’s history and the recent bushfires forever changing Australia’s, this has been one of the toughest years for Aussie businesses.

Because of this, for Easter, we wanted to focus on giving back and supporting those affected by the bushfires as they again enter uncertain circumstances. Enter, Tambo Valley Honey.

Tambo Valley Honey is owned by Ben and Stacey Murphy, who for the last two years have worked away from their home in east Gippsland to ensure they gave their business the best start.

A few months ago, Ben and Stacey finally got the opportunity to establish over 450 hives near their home. Little did they know, that just three weeks later those hives would be in the fire impact area during one of the most devastating bushfire seasons on record.

For two weeks after the fires passed Ben and Stacey still couldn’t even return to see the full extent of the damage due to road closures. Sadly, when they did get in to assess the damage, they were greeted by over 200 burnt-out hives.


But, the business’ biggest challenge is still to come – it’s estimated the burnt-out forests will take over a decade to be able to sustain beekeeping again. With 75% of their public land lease sites destroyed, the fires mean even more time away from home for the pair.

With the hopes of supporting Tambo Valley Honey (and thanking our staff for their flexibility and cooperation through the stress and uncertainty that COVID-19 has created) we gifted each Lyons Construction staff member with a bottle of Tambo Valley Honey and made a donation to assist Ben and Stacey in maintaining their business.

We wish them all the best in rebuilding their business and their hives, and bringing bees back as part of the ecosystem in Tambo Valley.


Turning of the Sod – Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club

By | Community, News, Projects

Over the long weekend, we celebrated the Turning of the Sod for our project, the new clubhouse for Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club.

The Turning of the Sod ceremony was a huge milestone for the club and its volunteers, who have been working hard for years to get this project off the ground.

With many notable attendees, including The Hon. Lisa Neville, Veryan Curnow (Associate Director at Jackson Clements Burrows), Charlie Pitney (President of Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club) and Chris Harper (Building Committee Member of Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club) the ceremony certainly helped to drum up anticipation and excitement for the new building.

One of the best things about working in construction is getting to see the impact your buildings have on the communities who use them.

Working in commercial construction, this phenomenon is all the more rewarding. And ceremonies like these help us to see the true community impact this project will have on the area.

Getting to see first-hand the excitement surrounding what will not only be a structurally-stunning building but a building that promotes safety around the water, healthy lifestyles and getting out into nature, makes us proud to be a part of this project.

 We are super excited to get this project underway – think some of the subbies are even more excited about the prospect of post-work surfs!


Chris Harper, Veryan Curnow, The Hon. Lisa Neville, Gary Iacono & Charlie Pitney




Entering Our 91st Year

By | Community, LC Team, News

Celebrating our 90th anniversary for the past 12 months has been a huge milestone for Lyons Construction.

So, as we enter our 91st year, we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our success and all those who helped us to celebrate it!

Looking to the future, we are heading into 2020 determined to continue building a vibrant, successful and strong community and making this one of the greatest of our 91 years.

Below is a video wrap-up of our 90th anniversary celebrations. Please enjoy – and see if you can spot yourselves!

Geelong Business Excellence Awards 2020 Launch

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Every year the Geelong Chamber of Commerce celebrates the Geelong business community with the Geelong Business Excellence Awards. This Wednesday night, we were honoured to attend the launch of the 2020 Awards at Provenance Wines.

The launch this year saw speeches from esteemed Geelong-based professionals including Mayor Stephanie Asher, CEO of the Geelong Chamber of Commerce, Ben Flynn and Major Sponsors’ representatives from LBW Business + Wealth Advisors and Deakin University who discussed the positive change in the local business community over recent years.

The launch also saw the premiere of the 2020 promotional video featuring one of our current worksites and some of our talented staff.

As proud sponsors of the event once again, (we’ve been sponsors ever since we took out Overall Winner at the awards in 2003) we are excited to shine a light on the clever, creative and thriving businesses within the Geelong region. This time around, we’re sponsoring the Medium to Large Business category.

So, why do we continue to support these awards?

For us, these awards are the perfect way for us to show our gratitude to the Geelong community. Having been a part of the Geelong business landscape for over 90 years, we enjoy being able to use our platform to encourage and inspire other local businesses.

We pride ourselves on our relationships with the amazing construction suppliers and subcontractors throughout Geelong, but one of our favourite things about these awards is learning more about Geelong’s other industries. As the awards support businesses of all sizes and across all industries, they provide a great opportunity for us to engage with and learn more about local businesses outside of the construction industry.

Overall, the launch created much excitement for the upcoming awards, and we would like to wish all those entering the best of luck.

If you are thinking about entering, visit the Geelong Business Excellence Awards website here for more details.


Gary Iacono, Bethany Long & Norm Lyons


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.

For the full album, please click here visit our Facebook page where you can tag yourself and share any images you wish!

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.

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.