Harley Depiazzi crowned Master Builders South West Apprentice of the year

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Harley Depiazzi, centre, shows off his awards while being congratulated by Master Builders WA president Jason Kunkler and Bankwest relationship manager Jeremy Fagents.
Camera IconHarley Depiazzi, centre, shows off his awards while being congratulated by Master Builders WA president Jason Kunkler and Bankwest relationship manager Jeremy Fagents.

Bunbury’s Harley Depiazzi was named Apprentice of the Year at the Master Builders Western Australia South West awards on Saturday.

The Perkins Builders’ apprentice was also recognised as the Carpentry Apprentice of the Year on a night where awards were handed out over 69 categories.

Mr Depiazzi is in his fourth year and is two weeks away from being signed off a qualified carpenter.

He said he enjoyed the challenges of regularly working on different sites.

“Moving around to see different things on different jobs have helped me learn,” he said.

“I can go from working on servo one week then the next week I might be at a school or shopping centre – it’s very vast.

“I just enjoying going to work and doing 110 per cent every day regardless of what’s going on.”

Perkins Builders business development manager Mark Parish said the company was very proud of Mr Depiazzi. “We put a lot of effort into training young kids in the Bunbury region and turning them into great people and tradesmen,” Mr Parish said.

“Harley is both of those things – he is mature, a natural leader, takes on responsibility and produces work at the quality of an experienced tradesperson already.

“He is a great example of the program that we have.”

Perkins Builders also claimed the best overall project award for Hocart Lodge in Harvey and Palazzo Homes won best country home for a Colorado-style ranch house in Waroona.

Bunbury’s Victoria Square won BGC Construction the best office building category while the Perkins Builders’ work on Dolphin Discovery Centre Redevelopment was awarded best construction on a challenging site.

Express Living Homes South West won two awards for homes in Daylellup and Resonate Homes was awarded for best alterations and additions between $200,000 and $250,000.

South West Quality Plastering was recognised for excellence in plastering and Huttcon Concrete for excellence in concreting.

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