Koru Building Contractors is a residential and commercial construction company based in Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.  The company is a Queensland Licensed Builder and member of Housing Industry Australia and is committed to providing the highest quality construction and project management solutions to its clients. 

Koru has a cohesive and highly skilled team and our approach to project delivery is to work closely with clients, project managers, architects and other key stakeholders to ensure every project exceeds expectations for quality and is delivered on time and within budget.  We believe our professional yet relaxed approach fosters collaboration and team work during the construction process and we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver a range of construction projects from simple renovations through to complex, large-scale projects. 

Koru Building Contractors has been operating in the Cairns region since 2011 and has progressively grown and strengthened its reputation for high-quality construction and effective project delivery.  Many of our projects are sourced through a strong referral network delivering us invaluable repeat business.  Koru strives to be an industry leader and is always looking to improve and implement innovative strategies to deliver the best possible service to its clients.

Our Values

We realise our vision by adhering to four key values that define us as a company and direct our behaviour and growth:

Integrity. We inspire trust as builders. We deliver on our promises. We also maintain the highest possible standards throughout the construction process.

Client Focus. We value our client relationships. We listen and respond to their needs with energy, enthusiasm and efficiency. We focus on solutions that create value and we always go the extra mile for our clients.

Flexibility. We embrace change. We strive to continually learn and grow to adapt and we use innovative strategies to overcome challenges.

Collaboration. We foster a collaborative, supportive environment and recognise the value in a consultative approach with our clients, project managers, architects and other key stakeholders.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide an outstanding construction and project management service to our clients and to deliver every project on time, within budget and to a standard that exceeds our clients’ expectations for quality. 

We will strive to improve and implement effective and innovative strategies to deliver the best possible service to our clients in a professional, safe, flexible and sustainable way.

Our Vision

Our vision is to deliver the highest-quality construction and project management solutions to our clients through teamwork, innovation and the connection of experience and expertise.

Our Team

Tony Newman - Koru Building Cairns

Tony Newman

Director/Owner

QBCC Building Licence – Open, Carpentry Trade Certificate
Cert IV Small Business Management

Tony Newman is the Director of Koru and has been working in the construction industry for over 28 years.

Even as the owner of the business I still like to take a hands on approach with the day to day site operations of our jobs, I have a high standard for attention to detail and like for all the small things to be done right which what makes our jobs stand out from the rest. I left school at age 15 as I couldn’t wait to start working, I became a qualified carpenter in 1992 and have been in the building industry ever since as this is what I love to do.

When I have time off I like spending it with the family away on camping trips or out fishing or anything out doors.

Sam Stewart Koru Building Cairns

Sam Stewart

Site Foreman/Leading Hand Carpenter

Having completed a Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4) in New Zealand, Sam now has 13 years of experience in the construction industry including experience in commercial and residential construction in Australia and New Zealand.

He is a key member of the Koru Building Contractors team, being involved in your build from initial onsite meetings to completion of the job. The variety of jobs that Koru has been involved in are a highlight for Sam, as well as the ongoing quality of workmanship and customer satisfaction he is able to deliver.

Outside work, Sam enjoys spending time with his young family and following NZ sporting teams.

Ratha Yin - Koru Building Cairns

Ratha Yin

Carpenter

Ratha joined Koru Building Contractors team halfway through his apprenticeship – a Certificate III in Carpentry. Learning the trade with Koru gave him the chance to acquire and apply skills on a variety of projects. Since working for Koru he has learnt to adapt and take pride in his work. He’s proud to be working in such a great company environment.

When you meet him onsite, he’ll be busy turning wood into something great.

In his spare time Ratha likes to cook a mean Cambodian curry with my family.

Daniel Rasmussen - Koru Building Cairns

Daniel Rasmussen

Site Foreman / Leading Hand Carpenter

Daniel has been working for Koru Building Contractors for 2 years. He brings 25 years of carpentry experience to the job, particularly specializing in residential dwellings and renovations.

He enjoys the friendly people he works with, from the members of the Koru team to the clients he has met during the building process. He is proud of the high quality of workmanship that Koru strives for and achieves in all their projects.

Reid Newman - Koru Building Cairns

Reid Newman

Apprentice Carpenter

Reid is a recent addition to the Koru Building crew, and is already an integral part of our team – he came on board in 2018 as a builder’s labourer and signed up as an apprentice carpenter soon after. Building was a natural choice for Reid as his Dad is also a builder and grew up in the industry.

Outside of work I like hanging out with my mates, motor bike riding, fishing and camping.

Bronte - Koru Building Cairns

Bronte Skaines

Design & Style Consultant

Bachelor of Arts (English & Education)
Master of Business Administration (Currently Studying)
Cert IV Small Business Management

For the past 18 years Bronte has been actively involved in the construction industry working alongside Tony.

Bronte is also the Manager of Koru's boutique homewares store, Koru Furniture & Homewares, which stocks a beautiful collection of unique designer homewares from well-known Australian brands.

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