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Regional Victoria back in lockdown

 

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has declared that all metropolitan Melbourne restrictions – except for the curfew – has been implemented across regional Victoria from 1pm Saturday 21 August 2021, until 11.59pm Thursday, 2 September 2021.

 

 Regional settings for building and construction will be the same as for metropolitan Melbourne.

 

It is important to note that, while workforce limits will apply to the building and construction industry in regional Victoria from 1pm Saturday 21 August 2021, the Victorian Government has indicated that it will continue to engage with us about safely reducing staff numbers as our members work to secure their sites over the coming days.   Nevertheless, members should take immediate steps to schedule a reduction in their workforce numbers to 25 per cent from 1pm Saturday 21 August 2021, allowing as always for circumstances where the site or activity needs to be safely scaled back.

 

 Here is a quick overview of the main restrictions that we know about for regional Victoria

 Five reasons to leave home:

 

Like Metro Melbourne, there will be only five reasons to leave home:

 

·        To get the food and the supplies you need.

 

·        To exercise for up to two hours no more than 5km from your home.

 

·        For care or caregiving.

 

·        Authorised work or education if you can’t do it from home.

 

·        Or to get vaccinated at the nearest possible location.

 

 

Everyone should work from home, wherever possible.

Worker permits - To give our industry time to adjust, workforce permits will be required for employees to leave the house for authorised work from 11.59pm Monday 23 August 2021.  Click here to access the permits.

 

Early stage land development works - construction activity on Early Stage Works sites is to be reduced to 10 workers per hectare on site from 1pm Saturday 21 August 2021.

 

Small scale construction sites - construction activity on small scale construction sites is to be reduced to five workers on site, plus a supervisor, from 1pm Saturday 21 August 2021.

 

Work sites must make every effort to minimise the numbers of workers on site at any one time. It would be expected that there would not be more than five workers and a supervisor on site at any one time, unless it were absolutely necessary for that activity due to safety (for example, a slab pour).

 

Large scale construction sites - construction activity on large scale construction sites is to be reduced to 25 per cent or five workers on site (whichever is the higher number) from 1pm Saturday 21 August 2021.

 

Working outside and inside occupied premises – tradespeople and builders cannot visit homes for renovations but can provide repairs, maintenance, home installations and other building works if able to perform the work solo (unless additional workers are required for safety reasons) and only outdoors.

 

If the property is completely unoccupied, then renovations can proceed in line with restrictions on small scale construction. If clients are still living at the property, then trades people and builders can only make emergency repairs indoors.

 

Display homes, sales suites and selection centres – these must close with effect from 1pm Saturday 21 August 2021.

 

 

Who is permitted on site?

 

Like last time, all workers count towards the daily worker limit with the exception of emergency repairs and maintenance, suppliers and deliveries, and workers specifically required to meet the minimum statutory obligations or requirements.

 

Concrete drivers who are present onsite for a short period of time are considered delivery drivers and do not count towards the daily worker limits.

 

 

How many sites are workers permitted to visit?

 

Workers, including supervisors and managers, must not work at more than one site unless it is not reasonable and practical for the supervisor/manager to be limited to only one work site. Members must limit movement between multiple sites.

 

Specialist contractors can move between up to three sites per week. For small-scale construction, supervisors can move between sites.

MBAB March Section meeting held at Reuben’s Restaurant, Hepburn Springs

Variety Bash Vic were invited along as guests to the March 2020 section meeting.

MBAB presented a donation of $1500 to go towards Variety charity and their hard work.

The Variety Bash Vic president Ken Pryor attended along with some of their entrants and gave the members an insight to the history and fundraising of Variety along with some great stories.

MBAB committee member Michael Brooks is a regular Bash entrant and would really recommend the experience.

There was even a caricature of our esteemed vice president and honorary bush driver on one of the vehicles.

 

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Master Builders’ Ballarat Section Training Provider Awards held at the Mercure Hotel and Convention Centre, Ballarat on Thursday, 5 March 2020.

Joshua Liston, a carpentry apprentice from Sebastopol, was one of three apprentices from the Ballarat region to be awarded for their dedication, skill and hard work.  Joshua received the Chairman’s Award.

The other two winners were Dylan Rethus, a carpentry apprentice from Horsham (Apprentice of the Year) and carpenter Zachery Louder from Ararat (Employer-nominated Award).

 

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The 2019 MBAB Annual President's Dinner was held at the Ballarat Golf Club. Our guest speaker was Jeff Green.

 

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On behalf of MBAB, President Stuart Allen presented a cheque to HALT founder Jeremy Forbes to help raise awareness of anxiety, depression and wellbeing in the local trade community. Proceeds of the Annual MBAB Golf Day in March were donated at the “Save Your Bacon Take A Mate To Brekky” on 28 May at G Gay & Co Mitre 10

 

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The 2019 MBAB Annual Golf Day was held at the Mount Xavier Golf Club on Friday 29 March.

 

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The 2019 Master Builders Apprentice of the Year Award Ballarat Section David Rowe Vice President MBAB and Stuart Allen President MBAB congratulate Jake Cossens on Thursday 7 March.

 

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The 2018 MBAB Annual President's Dinner was held at the New York Bakery Sovereign Hill, Ballarat. Our guest speaker was Peter Fitzsimons AM.

 

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The 2018 MBAB Annual Golf Day was held on Friday 23rd March.  Proceeds of the event went towards the funding of Mental Health Seminars tailored for our local tradies.

 

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2018 Master Builders Apprentice of the Year Awards.

Stuart Allen President MBAB & David Rowe Vice President MBAB wish to congratulate Award Winners:

• Mitchell Gervasoni, Master Builders Chairman's Apprentice of the Year Ballarat Section.

• Aaron Sedgwick, Master Builders Ballarat Section Apprentice of the Year.

 

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The 2017 MBAB Annual Golf Day was held on Friday 5th May.  Proceeds of the event went towards the funding of Mental Health Seminars tailored for our local tradies.

 

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The members of the Arch of Victory/Avenue of Honour Committee felt that it would be fitting that the Ballarat Brach of the MBA attend the Commermorative Tree Planting on 4th June.  A wreath was layed as a tribute to the carpenters of the day who assisted in the planting the historic Avenue of Honour.

 

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HIGH-achieving builder David Moyle has capped off a stellar year with one of the nation’s highest individual honours.

 

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Our second mental health awareness breakfast was held, HALT Save your Bacon Breakfast for Tradies.

 

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David Moyle of BCM wins the Master Builders Young Builder of the Year Award

 

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Our mental health breakfast was an overwhelming success, holding an informal event with being able to grab a bite to eat and have a chat with our committee and Jeremy Forbes the co-founder of HALT created awareness within our industry. We intend to hold these events on a regular basis so stay tuned for more information.

 

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Master Builders Association of Ballarat

PO Box 1059

Ballarat VIC 3354

Ph 0400 191 010