Home' Border Enterprise : Enterprise Spring-Summer 2009 Contents 31
IN the highly-competitive construction
industry on the Border, several new players
have entered the market recently. Some are
national companies which have already won
several jobs that might have gone to local
firms in earlier years.
Mr Maginnity is managing director of Magi-Build,
founded by his father, Brian, and in September
was elected deputy state president of the Master
Builders Association of NSW.
Brian, Paul and his brother Chris are the
This year Magi-Build completed a showcase
aviation project that will handle 300,000 people a
The company was the main contractor for the
$4.9 million upgrade of the Albury Airport terminal,
which has been converted to a sophisticated and
safe facility behind spectacular glass walls.
Schreiber Hamilton Architecture designed
the building for Albury Council, which operates
the airport as a commercial enterprise and was
compelled by laws to install high-security screening
procedures for passengers and baggage.
Magi-Build had also built the $1.6 million
Emergency Regional Management Centre opened
last year at the airport, with the Rural Fire Service
headquarters as the first occupant.
Mr Maginnity says the company has built
hundreds of homes over the years but has moved
away from the residential sector with the advent of
outside companies changing the market locally.
He says that diversity is the key to the business.
Diversity for Magi-Build means projects from the
award-winning Lester and Sons' funeral home
in North Albury in 2003 to a new fire station at
Rutherglen completed this year.
Mr Maginnity says that winning contracts,
especially from governments or councils, is not just
a matter of submitting the lowest price.
Assessment criteria now includes relevant
experience, financial capacity, the size and
structure of the company, issues around
occupational health and safety and industrial
"Insurance cover, licences and registrations come
in as well, and we have the problem on the Border
of different rules in each state,'' he says.
"I'll be glad when there's a national system for
occupational health and safety and other things.''
Magi-build hopes to gain from the Federal
Government's stimulus funding for school and
residential projects and is aware of the strict
deadlines imposed for projects.
He fears there might not be enough tradespeople
around to do all the jobs required across the
country, or at least not in the time frames
Magi-build is among Border companies that
try to use local sub-contractors and suppliers as
much as possible, with the airport project achieving
almost 100 per cent local involvement except for
specialist equipment that wasn't available locally.
"We have about 15 staff employed, but about
300 sub-contractors we can use,'' he says.
Mr Maginnity is confident the significant airport
project puts the company in a better position to
secure more government projects, and that in turn
will provide more jobs locally.
"We actually had 340 inducted to work on the
airport project,'' he says.
Magi-Build is currently project-managing an
upgrade of Barnawartha Primary School, for which
Arrow International is the builder.
Business is booming for Paul Maginnity's construction firm but finding the
tradies to do all the jobs required is not that simple, reports HOWARD JONES
Albury Airport's new $4.6 million terminal.
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