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.


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.


NSW Bricklaying TAFEs Select Apprentices of the Year 2017

NSW Bricklaying Apprentices of the Year 2017

The NSW Bricklaying Apprentices of the Year 2017 were announced earlier this month at the Masonry Contractors Australia (MCA) Awards dinner to mark this special event. Individual winners were selected by six of the seven NSW TAFEs and the awards were presented by the MCA and Australian Brick and Blocklayers Training Foundation (ABBTF).


ABBTF and MCA Road Shows in Nth Qld

Become a Bricklayer

ABBTF and Masonry Contractors Australia (MCA) are about to hold Roadshows in North and Central Qld next week from Monday 30 May.

These roadshows are to give the industry an insight into ABBTF and MCA. They will explain the services and benefits these Associations bring to the industry. Both ABBTF and MCA invite you to come along and join us to hear what could be very beneficial to your business.


Tony Bishop wraps Judging of MCAA Masonry Skills Challenge in US

Become a Bricklayer

Tony Bishop, ABBTF’s State Manager in Qld, is again on home soil after lending his skill and support to the judging of the US Masonry industry’s equivalent of our WorldSkills Australia national bricklaying competition, the MCAA Skills Challenge.

Being a much larger country, it makes sense that their national bricklaying competition is for first, second and third year skill levels compared to our overall Regional winners of all Apprenticeship levels.


MCA Annual Awards Dinner 2014

The Masonry Contractors Association of NSW & ACT (MCA) 16th Annual Awards for Brick and Blocklaying excellence took place on Friday, November 7. Once again, the stars of the night were the combined works of the 46 entries submitted over seven categories!

The Awards night was held at Dockside in Cockle Bay and was attended by 250 industry guests. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Geoff Noble, CEO of the Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF), ongoing platinum sponsors of this major even


War Against Work

The laws of supply and demand are fundamental to a democratic society and are the foundations of all commercial decision making. The laws of supply and demand are currently playing a big part of the reality of our country’s job market.

The Masonry Contractors Association of NSW & ACT “War Against Work” article published recently on their website asks the question “Have you sent your children to War yet?” this article relays a sentiment by many working in the employment sector and puts the issue forward in a new and different light.


Clay Levels in Sand – How Much is OK?

Ever been called back to a job by a client where your work has been acid cleaned but there are still residual mortar stains and smears?  Ever had the client suggest that they acid clean the work again? Well tell them not to – what they probably have are clay smears, not cement. Cement is […]


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