Cancer Council NT

When a donation becomes an issue!

Representatives of Cancer Council NT got more than they bargained for after collecting a donated trailer load of sand when one of the trailer tyres deflated.

HB Workshop quickly dispatched Jordan Firley in his trusty service vehicle and got the Cancer Council NT back on the road.

New DrumBlaster Operational

HB Concrete has invested in a DrumBlaster which uses build up control technology to reduce agitator mixer build up by 85%.

Using the DrumBlaster for a few minutes each day is proven to reduce build-up and can be very useful to use during the day after delivering high strength, sticky or colored loads.

The system incorporates an extendable boom with a rotating head allowing the mixer drum to remain stationary and the highly efficient electric driven pump combined with the water jets at the tip of the boom remove the days build up before it hardens.

The process reduces water consumption, lowers fuel costs and increases production capacity.

The DrumBlaster will also assist in ensuring our customers receive a quality concrete mix and remove the safety issues associated with cleaning concrete build up from agitator bowls.

New Mack Triton

HB Group took possession of a new Mack Titan Prime Mover in September 2018.  Designed and built in Australia for Australian conditions, the vehicle joins HB Group’s Transport division fleet of prime movers.

HB Blocks & Pavers win supply for 80 new Defence properties.

HB Blocks & Pavers will be supplying materials to local construction firm PTM for the multi-million dollar contract to build 80 new defence housing properties. The houses are expected to be completed by December 2017.

The 80 homes will be built on part of the old Eaton subdivision which can be seen from Bagot Road.

PTM has a 40-year history in Darwin and in recent years has won multiple awards for defence housing projects, including two 2015 Master Builders NT Awards for work at RAAF base Tindal, and for a 13-house project at Muirhead.

Mother Teresa's Catholic Primary School, Zuccoli – Concrete & Blocks Supply

The new suburb of Zuccoli is continuing to flourish with the announcement of a new primary school to be built.

Both HB Concrete and HB Blocks & Pavers will be supplying materials to the project which is being undertaken by local builders Halikos, with the design for the build engaging a joint venture between local architects, Rossi Architects and Bennett Design.

The Mother Teresa's Catholic Primary School will be completed in two stages with the first finished by the start of 2018 and the final completion date set for 2019. Stage 1 of the project will be open for students in Transition through to Year 2, with the remainder of year levels to be accommodated with the completion of Stage 2.

Henbury School, NT

On behalf of all the students, staff and teachers of Henbury School, we thank you and the whole management of HB Blocks for donating 200 pieces of hollow blocks that we wil use in establishing our new garden beds. Your donation will go a long way in helping our students with special needs acquire their horticulture skills and have the opportunity to harvest seasonal produce in our vegetable garden that links to their nutrition program.

You guys are awesome! In particular, we would like to thank your staff at the reception for being so accommodating and friendly when we approached them and told them about our request. I haven’t had the opportunity to ask the name of the guy who delivered the hollow blocks. He was an amazing driver who managed to deliver the bricks straight to our farm shed with a very limited space to manoeuvre the fork lift. He was so easy to talk to and very kind to put the bricks into place that saved us heaps of lifting. Of course, Mehdi, thanks for being so generous and helping us and your manager approve our request. All in all, I think your staff is a great team!

Again, we thank you for all your help and support. We may not repay you but hopefully someday soon someone will return the blessing to guys a hundred fold.

Kind regards,
Joan Ocampo
Science and Sustainability Teacher
Henbury School

Wilton Huddleston on the job with HB Concrete

Halkitis / Yingwati Joint Venture

Two family companies, Halkitis Bros Pty Ltd and Yingwati Pty Ltd have formed a Joint Venture to provide employment opportunities in civil and construction projects for indigenous community members.

Yingwati Pty Ltd is a newly formed Aboriginal owned and family Company based in Darwin with the strategic intent of "breaking the poverty and dependence cycle".

To become ‘Job Ready’ Yingwati personnel have commenced training within HB Groups various divisions, learning and improving the skills required on site. Yingwati personnel will work with HB Group employees on various projects across the Top End.

Read more: Halkitis / Yingwati Joint Venture
Potential Engineers!

Student Visit

HB Quarry hosted Year 8 students from St Johns College, Darwin during a Geology study excursion.

The students were transported around the quarry under escort to view operations and learn about the type of rock mined, extraction and processing methods.

Hopefully the excursion might encourage some of the students to look at mining or civil operations as a career.

Read more: Student Visit

New Contact Information

HB Group have upgraded their communication systems resulting in new phone numbers being allocated.

New contact details are listed below and in contact information on this website.

Head Office 08 7923 2200 08 7923 2299
HB Concrete Batch Office 08 7923 2323  
Palmerston Concrete 08 8936 6600 08 8936 6699

Civil Contractors Federation NT recognises NT Civil Legends


FOUR civil construction pioneers were inducted into the Northern Territory Civil Contractors Federation Hall of Fame at the recent Earth Awards for Excellence.

The four - Peter Hassell, Fraser Henry, Michael Halkitis and Dave McHugh - played key roles in the development of a lo­cally based civil construction in­dustry over the past four decades.

Civil Contractors Federation Northern Territory chief execu­tive officer Neil Halligan said the men pioneered in an industry that was changed when the NT Gov­ernment of the day decided to outsource all its work.

"These guys were at the fore­front of taking on the work of gov­ernment when they decided to outsource to contractors and closed down their 2 and a half mile spot which is now Parap Grove," Mr Halligan said. "They built respected national and inter­national companies and took the risk out in the market place."

Read more: Civil Contractors Federation NT recognises NT...

2016 Telstra Business Awards

HB Pavers and Blocks Manager, Mehdi Ghaffari and Production Manager, Michael Jennings attended the 2016 Telstra Business Awards held at the Darwin Convention Centre, Tuesday 12 July 2016. Blake Gilmore from Telstra Business ensured our guys had an enjoyable evening.

An annual event, Telstra Northern Territory Business Awards showcase the very best of our small and medium business talent.

HB Group would like to congratulate local Darwin charity HPA, Helping People Achieve, for being recognised as the overall 2016 Telstra Northern Territory Business of the Year and winner of the inaugural Charity Award category.

HPA employs 68 people with intellectual and physical disabilities across two worksites — Kokoda Industries and Ausdesigns. In addition, it supports 35 people in their homes to live independently within the community.

Read more: 2016 Telstra Business Awards

2016 CCF (NT) – Gala Dinner

John and Nick Halkitis and staff of HB Group would like to congratulate Michael Halkitis on his induction into the Civil Contractors Federation (NT) Hall of Fame during the annual CCF(NT) Awards night held at the Convention Centre, Darwin Friday 24 June 2016.

Michael and his brother Theo formed Halkitis Bros. Pty Ltd as a civil company in 1960 and for the past 56 years their company has continued to be involved in major projects across the Territory.

Read more: 2016 CCF (NT) – Gala Dinner