Awards keep coming for local builder
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE awards just keep coming for Gladstone builder Craig Christensen who just took out his fifth state award.
Mr Christensen won the Dis- play Home $275,000 to $380,000 category in the 2005 Master Builders State Housing and Con- struction Awards announced at a gala presentation in Brisbane on Friday.
The housing and construction awards play a pivotal role in pro- moting excellence in the build- ing and construction industry in Queensland.
Yesterday Mr Christensen gave credit to his father, a Bun- daberg builder, with whom he worked before going out on his own.
His said his father had also collected a number of awards for house building over the years.
'I'm pretty chuffed with the win, but now I would like to take a national award to put Central Queensland on the building map,' he said.
Mr Christensen has won five state awards and he came close to getting an Australian award in the Housing Industry Associa-tion (HIA) awards recently. So far he has collected nearly 60 building awards.
In September this year Mr Christensen won the Master Builder's Presidents Awards in the Central Queensland awards. He also took out five other cat- egories to dominate the awards.
That same month he won eight awards in the HIA awards, including the nominated catego- ry of Best Display Home valued over $200,000.
The home was also named Best Display Home of the Year. In a back-to-back win the home also took the Home of the Year title.
In 2004 Mr Christensen won Home of the Year for his entry valued between $400,000 and $600,000.
Mr Christensen said he be- lieved his success was due to at- tention to detail.
'Because we are hands-on, we can catch the mistakes before they happen,' he said.