BUILT TO SURVIVE: The Disaster Management Centre in Gayndah.
BUILT TO SURVIVE: The Disaster Management Centre in Gayndah. Adam McCleery

Award-winning centre can withstand Category 5 cyclone

NORTH Burnett company Possco has won several 2016 Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction awards.

On top of the Best Residential Bathroom and Individual Home $451,000-$550,000, Possco also took out the Community Service Facilities up to $5 million for its work on the North Burnett Disaster Centre in Gayndah.

Possco Director Mark Postle said it was a family effort to win the awards.

"Eleven years ago my son Matthew wanted to go into building, he did his trade, then we started building houses in Emerald," Mr Postle said.

"Craig came on board and it became a small family business (with wife Jenny and daughter Rebecca Scholl).

"I like to think we build quality buildings and do quality work."

He said he thanked North Burnett Regional Council for awarding the business the contract to build the centre.

"It had to be built to strict specifications," he said.

"It is built for a one-in-a-hundred-year weather event; to withstand a category five cyclone."

Council CEO Mark Pitt said he was happy with the centre.

"Certainly the design and the construction are an excellent example of a local contractor," Mr Pitt said.

"I said that on the day of opening and I'll stand by that forever."

He said the company deserved the recognition.

"Possco is well known in the region; it's a good local company," he said.

"This award is recognition of a really good mob.

"They did really well at the awards, which is great."

Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett regional manager Will Wilson congratulated all 31 winners.

"The standard we have seen this year is incredible and demonstrates the impeccable talent (in) our industry," Mr Wilson said.

"The awards provide an opportunity to recognise this talent, and it is great that after 29 years, they continue to be sought after by the state's top builders and tradespeople."

Mr Postle said it was nice to be recognised.

"We're just a small family business in the country," he said.

"It's nice to be recognised and to represent the North Burnett."



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