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!

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.

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

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

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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.