Building community from within

Published 5:00am 19 October 2022

Building community from within
Words by Kylie Knight

The intangible elements of community building – beyond bricks and mortar – have been the most rewarding aspects of 2022 for developer Ausbuild.

Joint Managing Director Mike Loney says the company understands what makes communities tick.

It has been building master planned communities across South East Queensland for more than 30 years, including two major projects in the Moreton Bay Region.

“Over the past 18 months, Ausbuild has been implementing a new approach to community building that recognises our role in making a positive impact,” Mr Loney says.

|“It’s a commitment as much as it is a responsibility, and aligns with our values of community, sustainability, ethical behaviour, and integrity.”|

Mr Loney says Ausbuild’s two master planned communities in the Moreton Bay Region – The Sanctuary at Warner, and Montrose at Morayfield – together with the company’s community partnerships, have created a strong foundation to deliver long-term, positive impacts.

This includes Ausbuild’s partnership with the Vodafone Warriors, who called the Moreton Bay Region their ‘home away from home’ in 2022.

“As part of this partnership, we gifted more than 1200 game passes to local school students, State Emergency Services volunteers, Fire and Rescue personnel, and the local tradies who are bringing our communities to life,” Mr Loney explains.

“We also launched The Sanctuary Community Fund, which is contributing up to $100,000 in community grants to local schools, community groups and not-for-profits, and formalised a partnership agreement with Bray Park State High School to provide meaningful opportunities for students to explore career pathways within the property industry.

“As part of the partnership with Bray Park State High School, we’re providing 20 work experience positions each year to complement the students’ formal education and help establish career pathways.

“One student has already accepted a school-based apprenticeship with local land care and management business Jungle Busters.”

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Ausbuild is also a major sponsor of Moreton Bay Regional Council events across the region, including the Redcliffe Kite Festival.

In August, Ausbuild hosted its inaugural Housing for Happiness Gala at the Redcliffe Leagues Club, raising more than $100,000 for local youth homelessness charity, Chameleon Housing.

Chameleon Housing has been operating on the Redcliffe peninsula for more than 30 years, providing opportunities for homeless youth to take control of their lives in a supportive, strength-based environment.

“We felt incredibly humbled to be able to help such an extraordinary local charity, with the support of a very generous room of Moreton Bay business, sport and community leaders, and the New Zealand Warriors,” Mr Loney says.

“We are committed to a long-term role in contributing to the growth of Moreton Bay and look forward to delivering more meaningful community initiatives in the years ahead.”

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