Awards for aluminium businessmen
By DAVID BANCROFT
GEORGE Lousick says he felt like a 'fish out of water' as he sidled up to Premier Morris Iemma at an awards function in Sydney on Tuesday.
But after a couple of hours he started to feel right at home.
George has made a bit of a habit of leaping into the unknown and making a success of it.
In fact, that is why he was in Sydney. He received an Aboriginal Business Encouragement Award and a 2005 Aboriginal Employment and Business Award.
George and his brother Toney operate Clarence Valley Aluminium in Yamba ? a business George started only a couple of years ago.
But it had been a long road to business success.
As a keen fisherman who loved the coast, he moved to Yamba five years ago and started work with the Harwood slipway.
"I pushed and pushed to get into work with aluminium," he said.
"I had all the pressure tickets and other certificates for steel and just wanted to do aluminium."
Now, as well as selling aluminium products, he is manufacturing his own boats. They start at 4.5m and go up to 6.3m.
He has already sold one to Brisbane, one to Scotts Head and has two on order from Sydney.
Most of his local work is fit outs.
"We are pretty busy at the moment," he said.
"My long-term aim is to get a bigger shed and employ a few of the local boys," he said.
"I think that is what it comes down to ? being able to employ some local boys and give them a start."