who we are

Build it the way you want it!

In December 2002, Banksia Building started as a partnership between Michael and Joanne Banks. The business began doing extensions, renovations and new homes. During that time Banksia Building increased their assets and reputation to the point that they justified employing additional permanent staff and becoming a company in December, 2003.

In 2015, Banksia Building is still going strong with a dynamic management team and high quality tradesmen. We employ our own tradesmen to perform carpentry components of the build, with our tradesmen having over 75 years in combined trade experience. Banksia Building supports the development of the building industry and we are currently training our 11th apprentice. We are very proud of all our staff and their commitment to Banksia Building and our customers.

Michael Banks Banksia Building Director

Michael Banks - Director

Mick is the Director of Banksia Building, with over 23 years of experience. Mick started his building career with Sturgeon & Sugden Building Services where he worked for 9 years prior to starting his own business.

Mick’s extensive building knowledge allows him to walk the customer through step-by-step of the building process, starting from drawing the plans through to completing their home. His flexibility and understanding enables him to maintain great customer relationships to ensure we built it the way they want it.

Mick has been a member of the Master Builders Association for 14 years. For the last 8 years, Mick has been the Central West Master Builders Association President and is currently the Vice President of NSW Master Builders Council of Management.

On a personal note, Mick loves water skiing, snow skiing, camping with his family and friends, fishing and cooking – he especially loves making salami and olives! He is also known for his skills in organising large social functions with friends.

Jo Banks Banksia Building Director

Jo Banks – Director/Secretary

Jo has been a Director of Banksia Building, as well as the Secretary for 12 ½ years. Her primarily role is controlling the money that comes in and out of the business, paying bills and wages (with Bec’s help)!

Jo is passionate about safety, and as Mick’s wife, her biggest job is keeping an eye on him as he comes up with some crazy ideas!!

Outside of work, Jo spends her time running after their three children Ryan, Sophie & Millie.


Chris Holmes ("Holmesy") - Foreman

Chris has been working with Banksia Building for 6 years, and has over 18 years of experience within his trade.

He is known as an “all rounder,” a hard worker and is an excellent tradesmen. Chris is a great teacher with apprentices and really enjoys commercial fit-outs. He also likes soccer, golf, and spending time with kids & camping.

Holmesy is a Knights supporter!

Bec Read – Office Manager

Bec is known as the heart of the business, and has been working with the team for 5 years. Her main responsibility is managing the office and keeping 8 boys under control!!

Bec is also a Rabbitohs supporter and member, and also enjoys watching movies, travelling and working on the farm.


Ben Barrett  - Manager

Ben has been on the the team for over a year and looks after all aspects of customer service, administration, accounts, costing, ordering and budgeting. With 20 years experience in customer service, Ben is looking forward to helping to guide each customer through the house building process. His easy going nature makes him a pleasure to work with and deal with as a customer.

Ben's hobbies include camping, snow skiing, water skiing, coffee and mates.

Andrew Commins (“Ando”) – Carpenter

Andrew is a Carpenter with Banksia Building, and his primary areas of speciality include frames, fix-outs and commercial fit-outs.

The team like working with Ando because he makes it fun by talking utter rot. He also likes show cars, 4WD, beers and rugby league (Ando is a Roosters supporter)!


Hugh Brown – Carpenter

Hugh has been working with the Banksia Building team for 6 years, and has 12 years of experience in the trade. He is an “all rounder” and has a great work ethic. He also likes anything that’s a bit different that requires problem solving. He also likes renovations and matching brand new to existing décor.

Hugh is a team player, ands likes working with people, and getting a great result at the end of the day. Outside of work, Hugh loves sports, motor racing, spending time with mates & family and is a Rabbitohs supporter!

Mark Isbister - Carpenter

Mark has had 19 years in the building industry and worked with Mick in his apprentice days! His speciality as far as carpentry goes is 'everything' but he really likes building new homes.


On weekends Mark enjoys shooting, camping and spending time with his family.

Jason Newham ("Jas") - Carpenter

Jas has 14 years experience in carpentry and concreting. He is a 'Jas of all trades' and can not only do carpentry and concreting but also welding, waterproofing and tiling. Jas is a supporter of the Newcastle Knights and enjoys fishing, camping, shooting and bike riding.

Hugh Gibson - Apprentice

Hugh is a second year apprentice.





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