Builder's dual celebration: state award and newborn daughter
FOR Moura's Cameron McDouall, last weekend was one of the best weekends of his life.
The champion builder was awarded the Queensland Rising Star 2015 award on Friday night at the Master Builders prestigious State Housing and Construction Awards in Brisbane but what made the weekend even better was the arrival of a beautiful baby daughter the night before.
Cameron, owner of Acute Builders, said he couldn't believe the weekend he'd had.
"It's definitely a weekend I won't forget," he said.
"My wife Olivia went into labour on Thursday night so I wasn't even sure if I was going to make it to Brisbane for the awards ceremony but luckily for me our daughter Maggie arrived at 8.50pm that night. I jumped on a plane to Brisbane Friday afternoon, collected the award and was home by Saturday morning.
"Winning the Rising Star award for Central Queensland a few months ago was really overwhelming but winning it out of the state and having a daughter born on the same weekend was unbelievable."
Cameron, 32, has made a very reputable name for himself in the 15 years he's been in the building industry after winning three housing awards at the CQ building awards in August, including House of the Year.
"I started off small with just myself before I was sub-contracting as a carpenter," he said.
"Once I was licensed the work picked up and we've been expanding ever since. We're up to four tradesmen and two apprentices so we're doing really well.
"There's not the work around the region that there was four years ago, but I think I was lucky to start in the time of the building boom and get my name out there."