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Congratulations to our CEO, Simon Butt, who was elected President of the Master Builders Australia!

This is the second time in its 129 year history that a Canberran will lead the peak building and construction body—the only national voice representing all sectors of the industry.

We know first-hand of Simon’s passion for building & construction therefore the MBA will benefit immensely from his experience and leadership.

Manteena wins National Building Excellence Award |

The Samoan High Commission in Canberra was awarded the National Commercial/Industrial Building under $5 million at the Master Builders Australia National Excellence Awards held in Adelaide on the weekend.

Denita Wawn, CEO – Master Builders Australia, when announcing the award said, “Manteena are an icon of the industry, ACT and Canberra Region. It’s great to see they have once again delivered to the highest standard with this award winning project”.

This is a tremendous accolade for the whole team who worked tirelessly to deliver a high quality product, from an aspiration design, for fantastic client.

The award is Manteena’s fourth national title in the past nine years and will sit nicely alongside the CSIRO Entomology Lab, James Turrell “Skyspace” at the National Gallery of Australia and the Garangula Gallery in Harden.

Simon Butt appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra |

We are pleased to announce that Manteena CEO, Simon Butt, has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra by the Vice-Chancellor & President of the University. Congratulations Simon!

Manteena & JNC Group join forces to launch Maarrima |

Maarrima is a joint venture between Manteena and JNC Group, formed to extend the excellent collaborative relationship between the two organisations and to harness our complementary strengths.

Formed with the shared vision of constructing projects under one banner, the business will provide opportunities for increasing awareness and understanding of indigenous culture and opportunities for the Indigenous community more broadly.

The name ‘Maarrima’ comes from the local Armidale Dhangatti language, the home of JNC Group, and means “to do or make that”. Maarri “to do or make” and Ma “that”, jointly reflects the purpose of the business which is to build structures and relationships, as well as develop capacity amongst local Indigenous communities.

Speaking at the launch, Manteena CEO, Simon Butt, said Maarrima offers a proven construction delivery experience, certified systems base, project capital and long-standing industry connections via Manteena and JNC.

“Maarrima draws upon Manteena and JNC’s complementary strengths to provide high quality project delivery experiences around Australia and overseas in a way that supports Indigenous businesses.” he said.

Maarrima is proudly Supply Nation Certified. Endorsed by the Australian Government as the leading directory of Indigenous businesses for its procurement teams to fulfill their targets under the new Indigenous Procurement Policy.

Systems re-certification until 2021 |

Manteena is pleased to announce it has achieved re-certification of the following Australian and International Standards: Occupational (Work) Health & Safety Management AS/NZS 4801:2001; Quality Management AS NZS ISO 9001:2015; Environmental Management AS NZS ISO 14001:2015; and Risk Management AS NZS ISO 31000:2009.

The systems which underpin Manteena’s business operations were recently subject to a successful recertification audit by International Certifications (ICL) for another 3 years. Of significance to this audit was the transitioning from the old AS NZS ISO 9001:2008 and AS NZS ISO 14001:2004 standards to the updated AS NZS ISO 9001: 2015 and AS NZS ISO 14001: 2015 standards.

Integrated Systems Manager, Robert Walters, explained that significant work was required to re-align and in some cases re-write our established systems. This process warranted the documentation achieving the requirements of the new standards, yet still maintained the functional aspect within our business operations.

“The recertification and transition process ensure the validity and strength of our systems and their ability to comply with the strict international standards and criteria. Without which Manteena would not be able to tender for federally funded works,” Robert said.

The audit clearly demonstrated the evolution and compliance of the systems, which was validated by senior management and each project team working across the company throughout the audit period.

“It’s a very encouraging result,” says Robert, “and a clear demonstration that the systems used both corporately and on-site are closely aligned to the established documented systems and the standards. This in turn has resulted in Manteena gaining recertification with ICL to the new and existing standards until 2021”.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mentoring partnership |

Manteena and the Tuggeranong Sustainable Living Trade Training Centre (Tuggeranong Trade School) have joined together to develop and implement an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mentoring partnership. This partnership will assist students and their communities in gaining a greater understanding of the construction industry.

The inaugural meeting was held with Mr Simon Butt, CEO, Manteena; Mr Rod Mitton, Director, Manteena; Ms Helen Witcombe, Manager/Deputy Principal, Tuggeranong Sustainable Living Trade Training Centre (TSLTTC); Ms Joanna Hopman, Vocational Teacher, Alfred Deakin High School, Mr Phil Styles, Professional photographer Lake Tuggeranong College; Mr Vince Ball, Executive Director, CITC; and two Indigenous Students, Brooke Hepburn-Roy, a Year 10 student from Alfred Deakin High School; and Liam Lupton, a Year 11 student from Erindale College.

Manteena is driving this initiative and is looking forward to all its employees engaging with these students and their communities on a regular basis.

It is intended to expand this initiative to other interested indigenous students and their communities at a later date.