Gympie chippie is tops
WHEN it comes to chippies they don't get much better than Gympie's Peter Bazzan.
The Stirling Homes Queensland owner has just been named Queensland Carpenter of the Year.
Mr Bazzan said he was surprised to win the award which leads to the announcement of the Australian Carpenter of the Year on National Carpenters' Day on July 20.
He said his wife Karen entered him in the competition.
The award comes on top of a great year for the pair's Gympie-based construction company.
Mr Bazzan said Stirling Homes Queensland has had its busiest year on record despite a downturn in the local building economy.
The 42-year-old attributes the business success to his great customers and hard working employees.
"We have some great investors who do a lot of repeat work with us," Mr Bazzan said.
He also said their quality workmanship had led to a lot of repeat business from local home owners.
"Some people and families have built four and five houses with us just because we do the right thing by them. Our sales speak for themselves."
The third generation builder said he spent most of his time overseeing his five work crews and said he had confidence in the building industry in the coming financial year.
"I think the general industry is picking up, the interest rate cuts have been good," Mr Bazzan said.
The company is showing confidence in the local market by building a display home in the St Andrew's Estate development at Curra.