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 for 5 years 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


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.

At Koru, Tony is responsible for leading the management and construction teams and for overseeing the day to day operations of the business. He plays an active role in every project and strives to build great working relationships with Koru’s clients, project managers, architects and other key stakeholders that are involved in the construction process. He has a passion for complex building projects and enjoys finding new and innovative ways to overcome challenges during the construction process.

Bronte Skaines - Interior Design 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 passionate about interior design and décor and enjoys working with Koru’s clients during the design process to finalise specifications, selections and inclusions that fit within budget and achieve the right aesthetic for the project.

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.

Mark Porter - Koru Building Cairns

Mark Porter

(Project Manager)

QBCC Building Licence – Low-Rise, Carpentry and Joinery Trade Certificate
Cert IV in Building & Construction (Building)

Mark has been working in the construction industry for nearly 40 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from working in various roles and capacities on projects in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors in North Queensland. He joined Koru Building Contractors in mid 2017 and is already proving to be a very valuable asset to the Company with the skills and knowledge he offers to the team.

At Koru, Mark’s roles include Estimator, Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager and he is committed to providing a high standard of professionalism to every project. He has an excellent work ethic, strong commitment to workplace health and safety and is a true gentleman of the industry.

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