Builder earns praise for com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tion

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Tim Edmunds

With­out a nom­i­na­tion in the Mas­ter Builders As­so­ci­a­tion Great South­ern Build­ing Ex­cel­lence Awards, Michael Stephen had no idea why he was be­ing called to the awards night.

Af­ter weeks of help­ing build ramps for the South­ern MTB Jump Comp in the town square, Mr Stephen was ea­ger to see the fruits of the labour in ac­tion on Satur­day night.

Lit­tle did he know he was about to be recog­nised for his ef­forts in con­tribut­ing to the com­mu­nity through con­struc­tion when he was pre­sented with the pres­ti­gious Harold Smith Award on Satur­day night.

The award — in recog­ni­tion of the late former Al­bany mayor and ar­chi­tect Harold Smith, who was in­stru­men­tal in the con­struc­tion of schools and gov­ern­ment build­ings in Al­bany — was awarded to Mr Stephen for the first time in eight years.

Through his busi­ness MCB Con­struc­tion, the 31-year-old’s sup­port of many sport­ing and com­mu­nity groups through either spon­sor­ship or in-kind sup­port led to the rare recog­ni­tion in the Great South­ern con­struc­tion in­dus­try. Mr Stephen, who es­tab­lished MCB Con­struc­tion a decade ago, said he was hum­bled to re­ceive the award, which was pre­sented for only the sixth time since 2002.

“Hon­estly, I was over­whelmed and ex­tremely priv­i­leged and proud to be re­ceiv­ing an award like this con­sid­er­ing the last time it was awarded was eight years ago,” he said.

“We are priv­i­leged and lucky enough at MCB Con­struc­tion to be in the sit­u­a­tion where we are able to pro­vide sup­port. We sup­port over 30 groups and clubs in Al­bany and the Great South­ern.”

Mr Stephen said part of his phi­los­o­phy when he started the busi­ness 10 years ago was not only to sup­port clubs and groups he was in­ter­ested in, but also what his staff showed pas­sion to­wards. “I ob­vi­ously try and sup­port all my staff, young and old, male and fe­male, to be in­volved in any sport­ing groups lo­cally for the fact it keeps their mind and health in the best pos­si­ble way,” he said.

“The more they are in­volved, the bet­ter it is for the com­mu­nity.

“I en­cour­age more lo­cal busi­nesses to do that be­cause it sup­ports the com­mu­nity and all the clubs and groups.”

MCB Con­struc­tion has pro­vided sup­port through equip­ment, labour, trans­port and fi­nan­cial back­ing to well-known projects and events in­clud­ing the South­ern MTB and the Princess Royal Sail­ing Club’s Sail­abil­ity and Fisha­bil­ity projects, which en­ables peo­ple with all abil­i­ties to par­tic­i­pate in and en­joy the re­cre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

MCB Con­struc­tion's Michael Stephen was recog­nised with the pres­ti­gious Harold Smith Award at the MBA Great South­ern Build­ing Ex­cel­lence Awards last Satur­day night.

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