Judges look at properties
Geraldton’s newest and best commercial and residential properties were on display a fortnight ago to the visiting judges of the Master Builders Building Excellence Awards.
Head regional judge and registered builder Charlie Baggetta said construction quality in Geraldton was similar to the rest of the State, but there were some trends unique to the area.
“The standards everywhere are quite high,” he said.
“In Geraldton, there does seem to be a lot of people who want bigger blocks, people seem to want more acreage, and the beauty is there’s lots of land available.
“We’re also seeing a bit more innovation when it comes to alternative building materials.
“Instead of brick and tile, or say tin, we see things like timber ceilings.”
Mr Baggetta also noted the concrete floor of a home.
“It’s all shiny and it looks like linoleum, but it’s just polished concrete,” he said. “There’s definitely been a move to more natural materials.”
Judging partner and retired registered builder Kevin Sale said the judges were looking for excellence in quality and workmanship.
“It’s about acknowledging and rewarding good work, we don’t judge properties on their looks, it’s about the quality of construction, and from all of our years experience, we can tell if something is level, if it’s done well, and how well,” he said.
The judges visited 40 properties during their week in the Mid West, from August 20-25, including properties in Jurien Bay, Dongara, Yalgoo, Horrocks, Shark Bay and Denham.
The two judges, who are from Perth and Harvey, enjoy their annual visits.
“I really like the people and the Geraldton lifestyle,” Mr Sale said. Mr Baggetta agreed. “The people are really friendly,” he said.
“But I also like coastal cities and I love the climate here.”
A presentation dinner for the awards will be held on October 14 at Geraldton Grammar School.
Charlie Baggetta and Kevin Sale.