DESERVED GONG: Col Brown Memorial Award recipient and apprentice electrician, Lachlan Muller.
DESERVED GONG: Col Brown Memorial Award recipient and apprentice electrician, Lachlan Muller.

Award win tops off four years of hard work

FOR apprentice electrician Lachlan Muller, winning the Col Brown Award was the sweetest reward after four years of hard work.

Lachlan said the win was a morale boost coming into his final exams.

"I didn't go out of my way to win it," he said. "I just really enjoy what I do for work and the volunteering I do.

"This week I have my final exams, which I'm stressed out about, but I have confidence in myself. The award concretes that."

Lachlan started his journey with Gladstone Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Ltd in 2010 and shortly afterwards was picked up by the Gladstone Ports Corporation for his potential.

Mr Muller said his passion for the field ran deep, and in the family tree.

"My inspirations are my grandfather and my uncle who are both electricians," he said.

"They love what they do and have passed down a couple of tricks of the trade."

When he's not working at his apprenticeship he's volunteering for organisations all over Gladstone.

"I stay pretty busy with all my different roles," he said.

"I hold the position of deputy chair of the Gladstone Youth Council 2014, I'm the Gladstone Rotary Club's youngest member.

"I'm a committee member of both Gladstone festival and events and Gladstone Multi-cultural association and I'm the treasurer of the Gladstone District model railway group.

"The enjoyment and the social side of the clubs is what keeps me coming back. I meet some fantastic people who do great things for the community."

Lachlan's community work was a major factor in the decision to award him with the memorial award, which was presented by Mayor Gail Sellers and GAGAL general manager Leigh Zimmerlie.

His 20-year plan is to get his electrical commission work licence and stay in Gladstone to serve the community.


  • Col Brown was a previous Mayor of Gladstone from 1979-1994 and was the founder of GAGAL in 1985.
  • Col's vision saw GAGAL as a way to provide employment from local apprentices and trainees and ensure work skills were nurtured for the future tradespeople of Gladstone.
  • To be eligible to win the Col Brown Memorial award, you not only have to be an excellent apprentice you have to have shown genuine commitment to voluntary involvement with the community or a charitable organisation.