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Welcome to our March 2017 newsletter where you are fortunate enough to hear from both the Sydney head office and the Brisbane branch, aka Swindon. David Hope will enlighten us all about the current state of affairs in the Brisbane and SEQ construction industry, and we have one of the CGC Recruitment newer members, George Hvid, to let us know what the CGC gang have been up to this month in our social section.

There has been plenty happening across both offices along with plenty of business activity too. Office moves, babies, anniversaries, hot air balloon rides, fancy lunches, dodge ball trampolining and a rise in the CGC fashion stakes.

Brisbane Construction Update with David Hope

After a slow start to 2017 the Brisbane building sector appears to be picking up where it left off at the end of 2016 and we are expecting a busy remainder of the calendar year. Fears throughout the East coast of Australia are that the residential sector will see a significant decrease in new projects and will therefore affect the rest of the market but we are not seeing that in South East QLD yet with several key projects in the pipeline to start in 2017.

The projects coming through in Brisbane/Gold Coast appear to be more suited to the Tier 2 builders delivering projects in that $10M to $40M space with a big increase in age care and retail projects coming through. Many places in regional QLD are still extremely quiet with an injection of government money desperately needed to get things going again. Although I’m sure there will be a lot of insurance work coming up in the areas of Mackay, Ayr, Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday islands with the recent destruction caused by Cyclone Debbie.

Recent reports have suggested that the Sunshine Coast will be the next boom spot in QLD with plans to transform areas such as Maroochydore into a city of business. This is great news for the Sunshine State and will create lots of new work.

We still find ourselves in a candidate short market here in Brisbane with several roles across the board for Project Managers, Site Managers, Foreman, Contract Administrators and Estimators so if any candidates are looking to relocate to a pleasant and affordable city, please contact David Hope on 0406 665 799 or email

CGC Social

It’s been a very eventful month socially here at CGC and we start off with some great news congratulating Rory Todd on becoming a father to gorgeous baby Halle.

In regards to anniversaries we see James celebrate his 3 years with CGC, George celebrating a birthday and congratulate Billy Versey on his 8 year wedding anniversary with wife Derry. James is also Australia’s newest Citizen and reportedly sang his heart out to the national anthem.

On to the social events and we start off with the MEP team who were rewarded for previous success to a day of bowling and food. Azri Azlan had the match in his grasp but bottled it in the last two strokes and Trevor Brown lifted the trophy. From here on out the day and night seemed to centre around Team Leader Steve Morris who at 5pm was caught attempting the worm and by no later than 7pm was sent home in a taxi.

Next a historical day for CGC with the highly anticipated office move from Loftus to Phillip Street. The move was so well planned and executed that people are starting to question whether Grantham in fact holds a Primavera P6 licence and Nick ‘construction sequence’ Curtis has been put forward for a Senior Planner position at a tier one. 

Following bacon and egg rolls the day turned in to bedlam as the CGC Sydney team split in to two and waged war at trampoline dodgeball.

Controversy surrounds the result like the black clouds that have haunted the East Coast for the past month, but the referee ruled 7-7 and I think we all know who the real winners were seeing as one team were down one man for the entire game…

Following this came a meal at Nomad and an evening in Surry Hills that a few culprits were made to leave early due to ‘fatigue’. The games didn’t finish here with people playing darts – some of which were taken outside! 

Meanwhile, up in not so sunny Brisbane the lads turned up in full gear and David Hope took win/win in football golf and the pool competition with Evan losing out on a sudden death knockout.

In other news, it seems that some of the newcomers still haven’t got to grips with the new office address as Stewart Armstrong found himself wandering around Parramatta clueless this week.

One final mention is a hats off to Billy for taking the lead on the office move and to Glynis for putting the boys to shame at rock climbing.