Com­mu­nity spirit re­mains strong

Whitsunday Times - - FEATURE -

HAV­ING re­built his busi­ness from scratch fol­low­ing the dis­as­trous re­ces­sion of the early nineties, Cliff Hill is eternally grate­ful to the Whit­sun­days for giv­ing him the op­por­tu­nity to start again.

And he demon­strates that grat­i­tude ev­ery day, through giv­ing to the com­mu­nity that gave him his chance. He em­ploys lo­cal, li­cenced trades­men and he uses lo­cal sup­pli­ers.

In 2004, Colony Build­ing Group built the foot­ball club­house next to the PCYC, in Ju­bilee Pocket, at cost, and con­tin­ues to sup­port com­mu­nity events wher­ever pos­si­ble.

The com­pany is also a sup­porter of the Can­non­vale Can­nons Swim­ming Club, the an­nual Dingo Beach Fun Day, the PCYC, the an­nual Ron Drew Me­mo­rial Golf Day and other smaller com­mu­nity groups where pos­si­ble.

Ev­ery year, when the cir­cus comes to town, they of­fer their land next to Whit­sun­day Plaza Shop­ping Cen­tre for 'free' in re­turn for cir­cus tick­ets, which Cliff donates to the Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling Ser­vice, so chil­dren in need can have a fun out­ing.

"I know what it feels like to be down on your luck and peo­ple reached out to me when I needed it, so now we try to do the same," Cliff said.

DED­I­CATED: Colony Build­ing Group founder Cliff Hill.

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