A Success Story That Is Set To Inspire Most

Jahmal Matenga-Wilson came to AM Group company Austral Monsoon through Challenge Employment and Training to complete the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Certificate II in Engineering Pathways, however his path before reaching us involved many struggles.

Jahmal didn’t have the easiest childhood and during this time he missed four years of schooling. On top of that Jahmal has a hearing disability which requires him to wear a hearing aid 24/7. Jahmal’s hearing disability was big barrier for him to overcome, but he didn’t let it hinder him from applying to workshop programs.

In 2010, Jahmal and his family moved over to Australia from New Zealand and by this time Jahmal had decided that he really wanted to go back to finish school but unfortunately many schools refused entry as he was too far behind. Jahmal was then referred to Boystown. After a couple months at Boystown, they referred him to Redbank Plains High where after an interview with the Principal they agreed to accept him and suggested that he go down a grade to catch up on his learning.

After Jahmal proudly graduated school, he wanted to take it a step further and go to university but unfortunately the financial barriers prevented him. This is where Jahmal found Challenge Employment and the Engineering Program. Throughout Jahmal’s studies here, he faced some physical barriers. There was times where the physical and mental aspects of the program were a great challenge for Jahmal.

Hans Kummerhel, the Production Manager at Austral Monsoon Queensland, went to Challenge Employment and explained that he needed someone who he could train to do some programming on our CNC  Machines. Without hesitation Challenge Employment put Jahmal forward knowing that his strong suit is maths! Jahmal then came  to Austral Monsoon for an interview and amazed Hans with his high level of maths, problem solving skills and his ability to use the program so quickly. Later that day, Hans hand picked Jahmal to be trained as the CNC Machinist trainee. To keep this position Jahmal kept working hard on developing his skill set as part of his traineeship. Hans says that Jahmal is now turning out to be one fantastic employee at Austral Monsoon. This was of course a massive achievement for Jahmal!

Jahmal says he is also very thankful to Challenge Employment for assisting him in his journey to completing his studies and gaining employment at Austral Monsoon – a job that he says he is really enjoying. He was particularly thankful for the engaging hands on experience, job hunting and interview processes that are all part of the Challenge Employment program. All of these techniques gave him that bit more confidence in himself when it came time to meet our team at Austral Monsoon Queensland.

NTEA Work Truck Show – USA

This year’s NTEA Work Truck Show exhibit by Diamond Roll Up Door, Inc. has stirred up massive interest in putting roll up doors on America’s work trucks instead of the traditional swing-out doors currently used in this industry. Diamond has been pushing the idea for several years and may soon see the benefits of its efforts.

The focus this year was getting a complete basic utility body, with roll up doors, in front of the end users and not just the manufacturers. Working with an all aluminum utility body manufacture, Duramag (F3MFG), the two companies have put together an economical, all aluminum, and lite-weight utility body with roll up doors. Working together, the two companies have come up with a utility body that is lite weigh and safer and can be produced at a reasonable price.

The fire and emergency vehicle industry has seen and understands the need for lighter weight and safer vehicles. Nearly 80% of their vehicles produced today have the safer roll up doors. In the process they have determined that the manufacturing process is simpler and actually reduces overall cost. We believe there is going to be a shift to roll up doors in the Work Truck Industry and Diamond is striving to be the catalyst and leader in that endeavor.

St Luke’s Catholic College – Marsden Park Sydney

Residents of Stockland’s Elara community in Sydney’s north-west are celebrating the development an innovative new college within walking distance of their homes. The St Luke’s Catholic College at Marsden Park is an innovative new college that will educate students from preschool to Year 12 and will ultimately accommodate more than 2,000 students.

Austral Monsoon was proud to partner with FAL constructions to manufacture and install a sectional overhead door to the College Opening. The door is 7.95m Wide x 5.9m High, and is bespoke manufactured from a galvanised steel tubing frame with clear laminated glass infill panels.

Ormond Train Station – Victoria, Australia

The Victorian Government’s Level Crossing Removal Program (the Program) is being delivered by the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) within the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. The 2015-2016 State budget allocated $2.4 billion for the removal of at least 20 level crossings by 2018. These sites form the basis of a long term strategic plan developed to remove all 50 level crossings in Metropolitan Melbourne by 2020.

As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to remove 50 of the worst level crossings in Victoria, the congested and dangerous level crossing at North Road Ormond have been removed. The removal of the crossing and the construction of the new Ormond Station provides an opportunity for a mixed use development at a transport hub.

Group Company Airport Doors supplied and installed two unique Fold-Up doors for the new train station.

Airport Doors has a reputation for being able to manufacture and install high-end aesthetic doors to meet the demanding architectural specification.

Barwon Street – Brisbane

Hutchinson Builders recently completed the Barwon Street complex which has been designed as upmarket industrial units
The project required a mixture of Fire Shutters, Industrial Steel Shutters and Bi-Fold Glazed Doors. The Bi-Fold doors were glazed in single sheet Laminated Glass tinted to match the rest of the building.

Mirage doors were the preferred suppliers since they were able to supply the three types of doors needed for the project. All S100 shutters and S3000 Bi-Folds were manufactured in the Carol Park plant and installation carried out by our team of installers.
The Mirage inhouse powder coating facilities allowed the doors to be prepared in factory and transported straight to site, wrapped for protection.

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct – Queensland

With the Commonwealth Games in 2018, the Gold Coast City Council has planned numerous entertainment events around the city. Various venues were updated including the Cultural Precinct. The project involved intensive landscaping, and new facilities including “The Stage”, a performing stage surrounded by grassed banks for seating.
Mirage Doors was approached by ADCO Constructions to provide the main stage door, our solution being a S3000 Bi-Fold door 14m wide x 6.8m high. Mirage provided the door as clear skin with ADCO cladding the door (artistically designed Diabond and tinted glass)

Queensland Fire And Emergency Service

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) replaced the Bundamba fire station with a new station, the architecturally designed building has a welcoming public entry and landscaped gardens to blend the station into the surrounding community.

Mirage Doors worked with the builders to provide six Mirage Steel S100 doors to the main service bays. The doors were slotted to allow airflow through the building and Powdercoated finish both sides.

The QFES specifications require interlocking with fire control so the shutters can be remotely opened ready for departure, auto closing once the tender has departed for security and sirens and flashing lights during travel. Australian made Grifco ML5103 motors and the doors made in Mirage Doors Queensland facility ticked all the boxes for Queensland local supply policy

Mirage installation team handled the supply, install and commission.