Help­ing to cre­ate a fam­ily life­style

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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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FORTY YEARS STRONG: Mur­phy Builders di­rec­tors (from left) Mark Berry, Brooke Bastien and Leigh Mur­phy, with Nik the mas­cot.

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