Thursday, November 2, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
This week we kick off a series of Whitsunday Regional Council staff profiles to provide insights on the varied services Council provides for our community.
Our first staff profile focuses on Civil Construction Worker Luke Handley who joined Council over 12 months ago as part of our Roads and Drainage Team.
Luke, or “Handles” as his mates call him, recently won the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award at the 2023 Queensland Training Awards in Townsville.
Born and bred in Proserpine, Luke plays rugby league for the Whitsunday Brahmans and joined Council straight out of school via a traineeship in civil construction which has since led to a fulltime role.
He describes his role in civil construction as having a lot of variety, currently working on the maintenance of the Airlie Beach Main Street while also performing maintenance on the local boardwalks around the area.
Luke said his motivation every day is all about working for his community.
“I am always learning from others around me, whether that be my work mates giving me advice on the job or locals around the area passing on what they know about the history of the region, it is amazing what you can learn,” he said.
“Community is a huge part of why I live here and being a part of our Whitsunday events such as Anzac Day, The Great Barrier Reef Festival or even when natural disasters strike and my team is called into action for road issues.
“I just love giving back to our community and my goal is to continue learning. I am currently undertaking my Certificate 3 in Civil Construction, and I have future ambitions to go further within Council,” Luke said.
“Personally, I want to get more young students to join council within the apprenticeship and traineeship program as it offers so many opportunities and is a great career starter. “
Contributed with thanks to Whitsunday Regional Council.