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