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Michael Banks makes his mark in the building game

ORANGE builder, business owner and board member Michael Banks said he chose not to go to university and it was the best decision he ever made.


Mr Banks finished year 12 in 1993 and had planned to study civil engineering at university but then thought “bugger that”.


He enrolled in a pre-apprenticeship course and scored an apprenticeship a few months later, and became a builder.

Orange builders down in the dumps over landfill price confusion

ORANGE City Council has been forced to clarify the cost of taking building waste to landfill after Orange tradesmen raised concerns about the possibility of more expensive fees to be introduced from July 1.


Currently, builders pay a fee of $87.55 per tonne to dispose of waste at Ophir Road’s Resource Recovery Centre...


Builders work on how to cope in boom time

ORANGE’S building industry is headed for a boom year with builders saying they will need every available tradesman to handle the massive workload.


Although Orange builders have not landed work in the Federal Government’s first 20 per cent stimulus package allocation of school building works to start next month, builders are gearing up for the next big wave of tenders in July involving Orange schools.


Land shortage could restrict building boom

PREDICTIONS of a building industry boom following the introduction of a $15,000 first home owner grant for new homes may backfire on the state government and drop the prices of established homes, according to mortgage broker Vince Ferrito.


From October 1 the $7000 grant for first home buyers was axed and replaced with a $15,000 grant for new homes only...



Get your best rig out for the truckies and tradies charity ball

ANSON Street School staff are calling on Orange businesses to support their Truckies and Tradies Ball to be held in June.


The ball will take place at the Orange Ex-Services’ Club on June 14, and money raised will go towards supporting the school’s automotive program...








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