Rare rain slows build­ing work, but it’s worth it

Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency Issues -

WHILE most peo­ple in our re­gion were re­joic­ing af­ter the re­cent rains, some peo­ple found the weather cramp­ing their style.

23-year-old builder Luke Ryan, who’s re­cently gone out on his own with his broth­erin-law to form LMJR Build­ing Group, said wet weather and the af­ter­math of sod­den work­sites can cause time de­lays and make rel­a­tively straight­for­ward tasks far more time-con­sum­ing.

“It’s great for the farm­ers but I’m not too happy about the rain my­self. In the build­ing game, it slows ev­ery­thing up, but it is good for the farm­ers and Dubbo in gen­eral as well as the cen­tral west,” Mr Ryan told Dubbo Photo News.

“The dry weather has been good for build­ing, ev­ery­thing’s been tick­ing along. When the next job comes up ev­ery­one’s into it, so dry weather is good for the build­ing in­dus­try.

He said the build­ing boom in Dubbo has meant plenty of work for ev­ery­one in the past few years and the so­lid­ity of the in­dus­try gave him the con­fi­dence to have a go at start­ing his own busi­ness.

“Build­ing’s flat out in Dubbo at the mo­ment, there’s plenty on, it’s good for young fel­las like me who want to have a go,” Mr Ryan said.

“There’s three years of TAFE classes in Dubbo just for car­pen­try and all three years have three classes, so build­ing is a ma­jor em­ployer in this area.

“It’s a good ca­reer for a young bloke. It’s en­joy­able, you’re out and about in the sun – it’s all good,” he said.

He had two ap­pren­tices on site the day Dubbo Photo News vis­ited. Zar­rin Galea is a first year ap­pren­tice, just about to go into se­cond year.

“It slows the job down but it’s good for farm­ers,” Mr Galea agreed.

“Build­ing is a re­ally good job, I’m learn­ing heaps and just get­ting out on work­sites.”

Ge­ordie Ab­bott is in his third year and said he can’t wait to get to work ev­ery day.

“I love it – the rain makes it hard but it’s great for farm­ers, just not good for us,” Mr Ab­bott said.

Mixed bless­ing: Builders Luke Ryan, Zar­rin Galea and Ge­ordie Ab­bott agree the rain has been great for the re­gion’s farm­ers, but it has slowed con­struc­tion work down for a few days. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS.

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