115 Year Old WA Brick Plant Celebrates Renewal

One of WA’s long history of brick kilns, heritage listed Maylands Brickworks.

Built in 1903 and closed in 2012 due to a slump in demand for bricks, the Cardup brickwork plant has now had a major capital injection by current owners Austral Bricks ($26 million). In 2018 the kiln is again making high quality product for the construction industry with an even broader range than previously available.

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Be Quick! Another chance in WA to Try-out for Bricklayer Training

Due to the outstanding success of the recent “Brick & Blocklaying Apprenticeship Ready Course” held at SMTAFE Thornlie recently, the Australian Brick and Blocking Training Foundation (ABBTF) in WA is planning to repeat the course at the same location in the week of Monday April 9.

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New, Free Mentoring Support to Aid Apprenticeship Completions

Become a Bricklayer - My Future Freedom

Good news for bricklaying apprentices and their employers with the announcement by the Federal Government of financial support to address the real need for mentoring apprentices during the crucial first two years of training. In WA, Skill Hire is offering this program and specific providers have been appointed for other States.

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Guide for using Scaffolding in Bricklaying

Become a Bricklayer - Guide for using Scaffold

Appearing on the Masonry Contractor Australia (MCA) website this month is a comprehensive guide to everything associated with the use of Scaffolding by brick and blocklayers.

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Brickwork Proudly Showcased at New Canterbury Park Pavilion

Jacqui Breeuwer

Marc 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.

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You may have a 10 times greater chance of Skin Cancer

Last month saw the National Skin Cancer Action week and it’s timely to remind ourselves of the increased risk we face working outdoors: As bricklayers we are 10 times more likely to suffer skin cancer than indoor workers are. Two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70 and more than 2,000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year.

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MCA Announces CTR Pacific as overall Contractor of the Year 2017

Contractor of the Year 2017 CTR Pacific

Recently I reported on the announcement of awards for the NSW TAFE Bricklaying Apprentices of the Year, made on November 3 at the Masonry Contractors Australia (MCA) Annual Awards for Brick and Blocklaying Excellence.

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Respected Bricklayer Throws in the Trowel to Go Fishing

Become a Bricklayer - Go Fishing

After a bricklaying career of an amazing 64 years Dante Gaspari is throwing in the trowel to go fishing. But in taking his well-deserved retirement, he can say in his time he’s built everything from embassies, to houses and schools to pizza ovens.

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Swinburne Bricklaying Teacher joins Indonesian Water and Sanitation Project

Indonesian Water and Sanitation Project

Bricklaying teacher at Swinburne TAFE, Matt O’Brien has just come back from such an experience in Cicau Village, in Cikarang, West Java, Indonesia working for a week to provide regular water and sanitation to the local primary school.

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Helping Apprentices Stand Up for their Rights

Helping Apprentices Stand Up for their Rights

While most employers are fair and understand their responsibilities relating to Apprenticeship contracts, overall, young workers make up only 16% of the Australian workforce but account for 25% of all the requests for assistance from the Ombudsman – a disproportionately high level of requests from young people.

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