Helping to create a family lifestyle
LEIGH Murphy saw an opportunity 40 years ago to help other families enjoy the great Sunshine Coast lifestyle.
And as he enjoys yet another holiday by the beach, he is looking back on those years as he celebrates his company’s milestone.
Murphy Builders has been building homes for other families over those four decades, creating housing options for every sized household that reflect the best elements of the region’s lifestyle.
Leigh remains one of three directors of the company.
“I first started building in 1975 and I was really struck by all the opportunities at the Coast to live by the water or with mountain views and how much demand, even then, there was from people wanting to move here,” he said.
“On the Coast, we build homes from Noosa to Caloundra and the hinterland and I often drive past some of them and still see their homeowners.”
Fellow director and Leigh’s daughter Brooke Bastien went to school at Immanuel Lutheran College and can sum up the reason she moved into the family business and got her own project management licence.
“I’m passionate about managing projects and making a difference through business,” she said.
The Murphy team members have built some of the Coast’s best-known landmarks but it’s the community and charity-based projects that they enjoy most.
“One of the most rewarding facets of our building approach is to work directly with not-for-profit groups to realise their vision,” Brooke said.
“It’s going to be another milestone year for us.”
FORTY YEARS STRONG: Murphy Builders directors (from left) Mark Berry, Brooke Bastien and Leigh Murphy, with Nik the mascot.