Coffee commendations

by Roger Dickson

Gong given to'Tableland builder for creative project
ATHERTON Tableland builder Jon Nott has been recognised as being one of the best in Australia after picking up a national award.

His company Jon Nott Building recently won the Master Builders National Commercial/Industrial Construction Award... under $2 million at a ceremony at Parlia¬ment House in Canberra. But the award was not for a dull shed or factory, it was for the Aus¬tralian Coffee Centre which. was built on a granite escarpment over¬looking the Skybury plantation at the top ofthe Greatpiv:iding Range near Mareeba. Master Builders Far North Queensland regional manager Ron Bannah said Mr Nott had already won through in the regional and Queensland awards before taking on the rest of Australia. He said the competition at the national level was fierce.

"This kind of success is the first for some time for a builder from the Far North Queensland region and congratulations must go to Jon Nott Building on their fantas¬tic achievement and providing the region with this world-class facil¬ity," Mr Bannah said. Mr Nott said the project was a pleasure and had run smoothly. "It was one of those projects where you had an owner with an excellent vision, a brilliant archi¬tect who picks up concepts easily and I've got a great building part¬ner in Geoff Hoad," Mr Nott said. He also praised his "great gang of carpenters" and apprentices and his sub-contractors. It has been a stellar year for Mr Nott and his wife Peta, with the Skybury project also picking up a gong from the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Team Shot

Great gang: The building crew at the Australian Coffee Centre have been given some of the credit for helping Jon Nott to a national building award.