Ship-shape: New life for old shipping containers
WHERE one man sees a shipping container, Les McGill sees a place to put hazardous goods, a box to house a septic tank, the base for an affordable house, or even a giant fridge.
Mr McGill and his wife Jan have started a new business that will employ two Graftonians immediately and up to six more down the track.
The idea is to convert and restore used shipping containers, converting them into affordable homes and a multitude of other products.
The best news is Mr McGill pledged all the contract work from the new business would go solely to Clarence Valley-based businesses.
The business will operate out of the Grafton Industrial Village at the Old Brewery.
Mr McGill said the metalwork would all be done by GJR Metal Work at the Grafton Industrial Village and any transport contracts would also go locally.
"It will be a locally built product so people will not have to go to China or metropolitan centres," Mr McGill said.
He said examples of what shipping containers could be used for would shortly be put on display at the Old Brewery.
Mr McGill said a module office, a storage block for dangerous goods and a housing and accommodation container will eventually be put on display.
Mayor Richie Williamson welcomed the development.
"Any jobs for town are certainly very welcome at a time when our local economy needs jobs and it is a good sign people have the confidence to invest in the Clarence Valley's economy," Cr Williamson said.