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Two minutes with Martin Locke Homes

The Institute’s newest Townsville Branch Member, Martin Locke Homes, provides an insight into their experiences, learnings, and projects.

Director Martin Locke sat down for our “Two minutes with…” interview.

How did you get involved in the Townsville development industry?

Originally I was a plumber by trade before I left the industry for 10 years to play professionally, and then work for, the NQ Cowboys. My love of the building industry always remained so in 2005 I returned to the industry, and not long after I got my builders licence. In 2009, Martin Locke Homes was founded, which was a pivotal turning point for me personally, and since then I haven’t looked back.

Why did you decide to become a member of UDIA Qld Townsville Branch?

I think I have formed strong partnerships with a number of developers in town and wanted to actively support the work being done by UDIA Queensland and its members who are working on improving our infrastructure and opportunities in the North.

Tell us about the latest trends in the Townsville development industry.  

I see a lean towards more accessible, inclusive, and affordable living options, both in housing and estates. Locally, I think our developers are leveraging off the best parts of our landscapes creating inclusive and sustainable communities.

Where do you see the property development industry going for the next 10 years?  

Our world does not need more ‘legislation’, it needs more ‘collaboration’, and I see a more collaborative approach within the whole construction industry as the way forward, especially with local developers in making sure the community has the best opportunities to attract more families to choose Townsville as their base.

Career highlight so far?

I am proud of the solid foundation that has been laid over the last 8 years during some very challenging times. This has been the making of our company, and we are in the process of putting things in place to capitalise and be part of the many opportunities Townsville has as a city to grow and prosper. Our best years are definitely ahead of us!

What advice would you give to young professionals starting in the industry in your region?

Anything is possible and there is ALWAYS a way, if you truly believe, are prepared to do whatever it takes, BUT always with integrity and honesty. Ask for help, as no-one ever made it alone, and always give back whenever you can.