In the past four decades, Leigh Murphy and his family have built some of the Coast’s best-known landmarks and countless homes while supporting charity-based projects.
According to Mr Murphy’s daughter and fellow Murphy Builders director Brooke Bastien, it is the latter they enjoy the most. “One of the most rewarding facets of our building approach is to work directly with not-for-profit groups to realise their vision.
“We invested more than time and in-kind support in building and project managing Murphy House for STEPS Pathways College in Caloundra – it’s now home to young adults with a range of disabilities learning life skills for independent living and each of their apartments is purpose-built for their needs,” she says.
“Currently we are completing the new Daniel House, a centre for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to provide its Walk Tall counselling services for hundreds of children and families, and that’s another labour of love for us all.”
There are more community and charity projects already in planning that will help put the region on the map for innovative construction with a social conscience.
Leigh Murphy says he did not set out to leave his mark on the Sunshine Coast, only to contribute to the region’s reputation for excellent builders and high quality construction. For more than 40 years Mr Murphy and his family have been creating housing options for every household.
Mr Murphy remains one of three directors of the company and as 2019 kicks off, he remembers how it all began.
“I first started building in 1975 and I was really struck by all the opportunities at the Coast to live by the water or with mountain views and how much demand, even then, there was from people wanting to move here,” he says.
“There has always been a hum here. I’ve seen generations of families wanting to relocate to enjoy the lifestyle and bring up their children in a healthy, sunny and friendly place. I see my own children grown up now and developing their own businesses by also sharing that dream with the clients they build homes for – it’s pretty satisfying to see.”
Ms Bastien says she is passionate about making a difference through business. “I’ve had a lot of experience working with charitable organisations which clarified for me how projects of all kinds and sizes require focus, management and understanding of the human need for it,” she says.
“Building a home or a commercial or investment project takes the same attention to detail to achieve its purpose ultimately. I enjoy that and interacting with clients as a shared effort in delivering their ideas.”
The Murphy group has construction divisions in residential, investment, commercial and property development sectors and is currently building projects across Queensland and New South Wales.
The major focuses for the company are eco-friendly and sustainable development, as well as diversification and the team closely monitors and incorporates market and industry trends into all it does.
“We are all already looking ahead to 2019 and the things we can achieve – it’s going to be another milestone year for us I’d say,” Mr Murphy says.