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Major award winning projects, L to R: President’s Award (Hotondo Homes Mackay, Marcoola 209), House of the Year (Urban Trend Constructions, Indochine House), Project of the Year (Woollam Constructions, Ozcare Mackay).
  • President's Award went to Hotondo Homes Mackay for Marcoola 209
  • House of the Year went to Urban Trend Construction for Indochine House
  • Project of the Year went to Woollam Constructions for Ozcare Mackay

Master Builders Queensland recently held the Mackay & Whitsundays 2021 Housing & Construction awards in person, one of the few events that could go ahead amidst the difficult and complex climate of restrictions and lockdowns currently experienced by much of the country.

That was poignantly captured by Regional Manager for Master Builders, Malcolm Hull, who started his speech:

“I don’t know about you, but I had hoped that 2021 would be the year we waved goodbye to COVID-19.

But as the year has progressed and we’ve worked our way through various lockdowns, restrictions, and started a vaccine rollout, we know the challenges are far from over.”

Malcolm Hull, Regional Manager, MBA

Unique challenges came up throughout the year too, Mr Hull said, “There is no doubting the HomeBuilder grant was a life-saver for our industry and we are so proud of the role we played in its introduction.

“However, while the demand is a first-class problem to have, it came with a perfect storm that has resulted in trade and material shortages and skyrocketing prices.”

The Accelerated Builder/Consumer Dispute framework (ABCD) that was introduced in Queensland following lobbying by Master Builders was a welcome addition to the tough environment but Mr Hull continued calls for an independent adjudicator.

“We’ve also floated the prospect of a long-term rapid dispute resolution process that will give residential builders access to independent adjudication. Just as we’ve done with these issues, we’ll continue to push the government to ease pressure, detangle red tape, and ensure there’s a visible pipeline of work.”

Major awards

Projects across Mackay and Whitsundays stunned the judges, with the House of the Year taking inspiration from Asia. The project by Urban Trend Construction also took out awards for its lagoon-style pool, which includes a shallow section for children, a mosaic waterfall feature, and integrated alfresco dining.

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Urban Trend Constructions. Image: Supplied.

The Project of the Year went to a 120 bed aged care facility that included specialist dementia care and respite care facilities, created by Woollam Constructions.

The facility is expected to alleviate pressure from local services; the town is home to over 2,000 residents living with dementia.

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Woollam Constructions. Image: Supplied.

The President’s Award winner was Hotondo Homes Mackay‘s Marcoola 209 project. Located at Shoal Point, the project was described as offering “excellent value for money”. It also won best Individual Home from $250,000 to $350,000.

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Marcoola 209 by Hotondo Homes Mackay took out the prestigious President’s Award for 2021 Mackay and Whitsundays Master Bui4lders Housing and Construction Awards. Image – Supplied.

Award winners full list

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Fergus Builders. Image: Supplied.
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Dustin Reuss, Rising Star award. Image: Supplied.
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Carrie Williams, Women in Building Award. Image: Supplied.
Award Category Company Project/Person
Construction Education Facilities up to $10 million Fergus Builders Pty Ltd Holy Spirit College (Mount Pleasant)
Sporting Facilities Knights Construction Company Pty Ltd Mackay Basketball Inc Corporate Grandstand (South Mackay)
Community Service Facilities Crusade Developments Pty Ltd Queens Park Revitalisation Project (East Mackay)
Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million Hamilton Island Constructions No. 1 Pty Ltd Hamilton Island Beach Pavilion (Hamilton Island)
Commercial Building from $5 million up to $50 million J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders r Proserpine Administration Building, Disaster Coordination Centre and Climate Change Innovation Hub (Proserpine)
Industrial Building up to $5 million Fergus Builders Pty Ltd Resources Centre of Excellence (Paget
Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes TF Woollam & Son Pty. Ltd. T/A Woollam Constructions Ozcare Mackay (West Mackay)
Refurbishment/Renovation up to $750,000 ACS Projects Pty Ltd T/A Red Emperor Constructions Collinsville Reservoir Roof Renewals (Collinsville)
Housing Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000 Cheshire Homes Highview Renovation (Farleigh)
Home Renovation/Remodelling Project from $275,000 up to $575,000 Modure Constructions Pty Ltd Townley Family Home (Deveraux Creek)
Home Renovation/Remodelling Project from $575,000 up to $1 million Fergus Builders Pty Ltd The Beach House Eimeo (Eimo)
Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million Urban Trend Constructions Australia Pty Ltd White House (Slade Point)
Display Home from $250,000 up to $350,000 The Reef Properties Pty Ltd THE KYLIE ANN (Beaconsfield)
Display Home from $350,000 up to $450,000 Triumph Enterprises Pty Ltd T/A Hotondo Homes Mackay Kirkby 257 (Richmond)
Display Home from $450,000 up to $550,000 Bullock Built Homes Pty Ltd T/A GJ Gardner Homes Mackay Beachmere 291 Display (Richmond)
Display Home over $551,000 Jm Constructions Whitsunday Pty Ltd T/A GJ Gardner Homes Whitsunday Palm Cove (Cannon Valley)
Medium Density up to 3 Storeys – 2 to 5 Dwellings Fergus Builders Pty Ltd Karwin (Andergrove)
Excellence in Sustainable Living Greene Homes Whitsunday Pty Ltd Stone Chatelaine (Preston)
Individual Home from $250,000 up to $350,000 Triumph Enterprises Pty Ltd T/A Hotondo Homes Mackay Marcoola 209 (Shoal Point)
Individual Home from $350,000 up to $450,000 Fergus Builders Pty Ltd Waddells (Richmond)
Individual Home from $450,000 up to $550,000 Fergus Builders Pty Ltd Mercy (Mackay)
Individual Home from $650,000 up to $750,000 Triumph Enterprises Pty Ltd T/A Hotondo Homes Mackay Como 412 (Richmond)
Individual Home from $750,000 up to $950,000 Leith D Mitchell T/A Leith Mitchell Builder Botanica (Woodwark)
Individual Home from $950,000 up to $1.25 million Urban Trend Constructions Australia Pty Ltd Indochine House (Erakala)
Individual Home from $1.25 million up to $2 million Coastal Edge Constructions Ocean Edge (Airlie Beach)
Best Use of Sloping Sites Leith D Mitchell T/A Leith Mitchell Builder Botanica (Woodwark)
Best Use of Steel Frame Housing Leith D Mitchell T/A Leith Mitchell Builder Botanica (Woodwark)
Specialty Best Residential Bathroom Urban Trend Constructions Australia Pty Ltd White House (Slade Point)
Best Residential Kitchen Urban Trend Constructions Australia Pty Ltd White House (Slade Point)
Best Residential Swimming Pool Urban Trend Constructions Australia Pty Ltd Indochine House (Erakala)
Individual Residential Trade Contractor of the Year Ulrich M K Mueller T/A Sarina Carpentry Zero to Hero
Commercial Trade Contractor of the Year Coral Coast Plastering Pty Ltd North Mackay Lookout (Mackay)
Apprentice of the Year Mark Quinn Building Pty Ltd Liam Byrne
Rising Star DNA Building Services Dustin Reuss
Women in Building Hamilton Island Constructions No 1 Pty Ltd Carrie Williams
The Ken & Nola Clark Perpetual Award for Quality Workmanship Greene Homes Whitsunday Pty Ltd Stone Chatelaine (Preston)
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