Brickwork Proudly Showcased at New Canterbury Park Pavilion
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Canterbury Park PavilionMarc Magee owner of MKM Bricklaying of Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo this year completed a major rebuild of Bendigo’s Canterbury Park Pavilion at Eaglehawk, a facility which now incorporates not only renewed football/cricket rooms but space for netballers and various other community uses.  Marc’s work at the site took eight weeks, supported by two ABBTF-supported apprentices and three other bricklayers.

Besides Marc’s current two bricklaying apprentices he has had six ABBTF supported apprentices in the past, two of whom are about to go out on their own with support and mentoring continuing from Marc!

Well done Marc, you’re a great example of what our trade needs across the country in coaching its apprentices throughout their Certificate and then providing ongoing support – a real bonus but makes absolute sense.   Opportunities exist for new apprentices.

Canterbury Park Pavilion

Marc said this was a very interesting project.  The many angles required in the brickwork made it a satisfying challenge for the team as you can see in some of the images here.  He spoke highly of the smooth construction management in the hands of the highly professional Nicholson Construction contributing to achieving the great result.  I was fortunate to visit Marc’s crew before the end of the year; their cheery banter kept everyone smiling while they still worked hard.  Marc is justly proud of the quality brickwork within a striking design of clean lines and interesting contrasts as shown in the images here.

Canterbury Park PavilionThe new pavilion, as part of the overall re-development of Canterbury Park, cost $2.2 Million, and includes a social room, kitchen, change rooms for the home teams (of junior and senior AFL, cricket and netball clubs), trainer’s room, umpire’s change rooms, time keeper’s box, storage and publicly accessible toilets.

Interestingly, the original building, built in 1961 was named after a bricklayer, Bill Crawford who was the then president of the club.   “Bill and his committee built these rooms and they have been used heavily for more than 50 years since,” Eaglehawk president Paul Whitfort said at the outset of the project.  “We’ve got to move with the times and what we’ll end up with is a region-leading facility for not just the club, but the community.”  Looks like they have it.

Jacqui Breeuwer,
ABBTF Field Officer, Victoria

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