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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.

 

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!

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

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!

 

Teeing off for the weekend at The Range @ Curlewis

By | LC Team, News

Last Friday was a cracker of a day weather wise…and it turned in to a perfect evening for Lyons Construction staff to gather at The Range @ Curlewis to tee off for what turned out to be a beautiful weekend.  Big hits interspersed with a couple of classic miss hits were the order of the evening. The competitive side came to the “fore” with 3 prizes up for grabs. Jacob Nolan was the first person to land a shot on the 175 metre target; Yoann Tranchant smashed a ball straight through the middle of the goal posts and Bernie Henry managed to hit the “Hit Me” target. All in all a great fun night to cap off what has been a busy period with the completion (or near completion) of quite a few Lyons Construction projects including The Brigidine Centre at Clonard College. Check out the photos of this unique building, on our Projects page, resplendent with intricate timber ceiling panelling, a large centre piece atrium, a stained glass window and a green feature wall.

 

Geelong’s future trade workforce

By | LC Team, News

There were hardhats and high viz vests as far as the eye could see on Thursday 13 September as 80 potential tradies took part in a construction industry Orientation Day. The annual event, a joint venture between Master Builders Victoria (Geelong Section) and The Gordon, offers Geelong students a firsthand insight into the range of opportunities available to them in the sector. Projects visited included Hamlan Home’s townhouse development in Newtown and Lyons Construction’s Highton Enhanced Children’s Centre currently under construction for the City of Greater Geelong.  Norm Lyons, Lyons Construction’s Chairman and a stalwart of the building industry in Geelong has been a long-time supporter of the orientation days. Norm believes, “The future of our industry is reliant on more young people seeing trades as a viable and rewarding career choice and it is our responsibility to foster this new generation of trade professionals.”  One such new generation tradie is Declan Robertson, Lyons Constructions’ carpentry apprentice.  Declan’s interest in the industry was piqued at an orientation day four years ago. Declan is now nearly half way through his apprenticeship and showing great aptitude for carpentry and a sound work ethic; all adding up to him being a really valued member of the Lyons Construction team. We wish all the students who have the same aspirations as Declan the best of luck and do hope that many of them are able to pursue their dreams.