The Courier-Mail - - BUSINESS - EMILY BLACK

A PLACE where you can sleep with sharks won the top gong at Master Builder’s Queens­land Hous­ing & Con­struc­tion Awards last night

FK Gard­ner & Sons, who build and en­gi­neer ev­ery­thing from res­i­den­tial to aged care and re­tire­ment projects, were recog­nised for their work at The Cairns Aquar­ium. It not only took out the Project of the Year, but also the Tourism and Leisure Fa­cil­i­ties over $10 mil­lion award cat­e­gory.

Master Builders’ CEO Grant Galvin said The Cairns Aquar­ium was the ob­vi­ous win­ner not only be­cause it was Aus­tralia’s first aquar­ium built in 18 years, but also be­cause of the boost pro­vided to the lo­cal econ­omy.

“Where else can you find a man-built at­trac­tion that show­cases so many World Her­itage-listed at­trac­tions in the one spot,” Mr Galvin said.

“It re­ally is a one-of-a-kind, world class venue.”

The next Sleep with the Sharks event is on tonight and in­cludes a night tour, bar­be­cue din­ner and a night’s ac­com­mo­da­tion in the Ocea­narium.

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