Local builder Jesse Zielke has received accolades in the recent In Queensland 40 Under 40 Gala Awards for his contribution to the region.
The 40 Under 40 awards celebrates the passion, vision and achievements of young Queensland entrepreneurs, innovators and business savvy leaders and the contributions they are making across the state.
Not only was Jesse announced in the Under 40 line up, he also took home the top spot for the Rural and Regional Award.
“I am unsure of who originally nominated me, there were 300 nominations across the state with 60 shortlisted and 40 announced on the night,” he said.
“I was then lucky enough to pick up the Rural and Regional Award which recognises the individual who demonstrates influence and leadership in contributing to the prosperity of a rural or regional business and community.”
Jesse has made a name for himself in the Bundaberg Region through his business JRZ Homes, with the company involved in many community projects since its inception in 2011.
Last year, the local builder donated $10,000 towards the Sleepbus project which aims to support the homeless community by providing a safe refuge at night.
The business also organised a Construction Industry Tour to inspire the next generation of construction workers, leaders and business owners in a thriving industry.
In 2016, Jesse established Liveable Homes Australia, providers of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in the form of homes, units and duplexes.
Working closely with NDIS and Local Area Support Providers, Jesse and the team build for those who require purpose-built accommodation to live more comfortably and independently.
Jesse's win a family success
Speaking on his most recent award at the 40 Under 40 event, Jesse said his accomplishments would not have been met without the support of his loved ones.
“It felt great to collect the award,” Jesse said.
“During my acceptance speech I thanked my close friends and family, all of my teams, my amazing wife Mel Zielke who I share the award with and my high achieving sister Emma Zielke who is always pushing me.
“I also went on to thank Doug Ambrose who was my primary school principal at East Bundaberg Primary school, he ensured I was given every opportunity in life to go and become the person I am today.”