Monthly Archives: December 2016


Is TAFE SA Tonsley the most inspiring Building Trades campus in Australia?

When Tonsley campus, Clovelly Park, SA opened in January 2014, ABBTF was later invited to inspect the building and bricklayer training facilities and the team was impressed, to say the least. It’s a modern, open bricklaying centre with the space to work.

Tonsley is arguably the best place to train, based on the new $120 million state-of-the-art facility, on the former Mitsubishi Motors site. The original car manufacturing upper structure was retained overlayed by a modern industrial architectural design for the fit out.

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Brickies Can Handle the Heat

Recently we have experienced the true meaning of the term ‘Melbourne Weather’. The extreme temperatures that we have experienced randomly were made all the more uncomfortable as we went from one extreme to another to such a degree that the heat took many by surprise.

Normally this time of year we get the chance to ease into the warmer weather however many bricklayers told me they were caught out by the recent surge of heat because of all the unusual cold conditions we have been experiencing.

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NSW Bricklaying Benefits as State Tops HIA Housing Scorecard

HIA has last week reported that New South Wales has widened its lead over Victoria in the latest HIA Housing Scorecard report. The HIA Housing Scorecard ranks each of the eight states and territories based on the performance of their housing markets.

“The large states dominate the top rankings in the latest HIA Housing Scorecard, with NSW extending its lead in first place thanks to a remarkable performance on the detached house side,” explained HIA Senior Economist, Shane Garrett.

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