There is no doubt whilst southern parts of Queensland are enjoying a building boom, our northern cousins in both Central and North Qld are feeling the flow-on effects of the business downturn in the mining and resource sector. But in true regional style the boys ‘looked on the bright side’, took the opportunity that the slowdown presented and put a big effort into Regional WorldSkills Australia.
Local teacher and WorldSkills Australia regional judge Peter Carr was pleased to once again, hold a regional final and put the best apprentices and young trades people from the area up for the challenge to represent their district at the 2016 national bricklaying finals. Read more >>
Bags packed, tickets booked, I was off to Tasmania. But what to see? Looking through some brochures, I was drawn to a town rich in heritage, the colonial town of Richmond, a mere 25kms from Hobart, this was definitely going on the itinerary!
Richmond had plenty of things to see, including a historic prison, but the one thing that really caught my eye was its arched bridge sited near the old gaol and aptly named the Richmond Bridge. Built entirely by the hard labour of convicts, it also happens to be Australia’s oldest bridge and is still being used today. Read more >>
It’s that time of the year, May and June not only see’s the end of autumn and the beginning of winter, it also heralds the start of a very busy period for the ABBTF Qld team. It’s known as Expo Season to us. Most people don’t know that ABBTF and our partners conduct expos displays from Weipa in the North West Cape, all the way down to Lismore in northern New South Wales.
This is a massive area to cover and where we can ABBTF aims to conduct a “Try-a-Trade” with bricks and mortar, giving you a hands-on taste of bricklaying. However, due to size of the various venues and the logistics this is not always possible. Read more >>
The picture above is of a performing arts school in Sydney where the design of the brickwork replicates a music sound wave.
Brickies can only look at this work and wonder what radio station they were on when they built that? I must say I like it. Bricklaying is a trade where you can listen to music all day. Usually the apprentice gets no say in what is listened to on site though, as’ what the boss says’, goes! Read more >>