Matthew Fazio


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Re: ABC Television Restoration Program Presenter of the ABC Restoration series

Matthew Fazio

8 Exley Rd

Hampton East

VIC 3188

M 0400661655


27th of December 2012

ABC Television

To Mr Mark Stanforth


Re: ABC Television Restoration ProgramPresenter of the ABC Restoration series

Dear Mr Stanforth,

Please find enclosed my resume supporting an application for the Presenter of the ABC Restoration series. The attached resume summarises twenty-five years of building and teaching experience in heritage homes, buildings and restoration work.

I am passionate about the end-to-end process of heritage restoration and its relationship to early Australian building practices and histories. In addition, I value the conservation and preservation of historical buildings by applying the principals studied from the ‘The Burra Charter’.

I possess the following attributes:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills that demonstrate extensive knowledge
  • Excellent 'edgy' look with a professional appearance with the ability to build rapport
  • Ability to work under pressure, adapt to change and deal with difficult situations
  • Strong understanding and application of heritage and restoration in Australia
  • Motivated and passionate to succeed with high attention to detail
  • Excellent time management, presenting and writing skills
  • Analytical and conceptual problem solving skills
  • High ethical standards

I am confident in my ability and know I have the skills and passion to succeed. Thank you for your time and effort in considering my application.

Best regards,

Matthew Fazio

CAREER OUTLOOK to develop my experience and knowledge in heritage restoration work


Trade School Teacher Carpentry and Building 2006–current

Holmesglen Tafe

Trade teacher in carpentry and building apprenticeships, certificate and diploma courses.


Facilitating the learning of requisite skills and knowledge in all aspects of carpentry and building. This includes:

  • Teaching learners of diverse backgrounds and skills the requisite learning to gain knowledge in all aspect of carpentry, joinery and building
  • Curriculum development
  • Learner assessment
  • Faculty reporting


  • In 2006 and 2007 I helped to establish the 'Specialist Center for Heritage Trades', an initiative by Holmesglen Tafe, to provide heritage skills and training
  • Participated in the 'Heritage Materials Technology Workshop' held in August 2007 at 'Latrobe Hospital' in Beachworth Victoria. This workshop was hosted by David Young, OMA Heritage consultant, and Greg Owen of Period Building Conservation Pty. Ltd.
  • Managed and facilitated 'The Black Saturday Bush Fire Relief Program', a Holmesglen initiative to provide construction work for those who have suffered during the bush-fires and lost their homes. This included the restoration of a stone cottage for Mr Rob Hellet of Narbethong.

Builder 1997-current

Heritage Restoration Consultancy

Provide consulting and specialty carpentry services in heritage restoration.


In-between teaching carpentry to apprentices, I operate a small joinery workshop to:

  • manufacture traditional timber double-hung sash windows and four panel doors
  • reproduce heritage style skirting, architraves and a variety of timber mouldings, to match original profiles, using a four-sided moulding machine

I am skilled in:
  • traditional wood-turning
  • heritage metal sand-casting
  • the restoration of vintage wood-working machinery
  • researching and collecting historical carpentry and joinery literature (and own a significant collection of antique trade related catalogues, books and ephemera).

I provide heritage advice on restorations for private clients, architects and builders.

Building works and joinery include:

  • Renovations, extensions (single, double and underground), bathrooms and new homes

  • Re-stumping, underpinning, re-blocking, verandahs, pergolas, decks and structural alterations

  • Tiling, flooring, solid plastering, brick laying and all facets of on-site carpentry

  • Frames, lock up and fix, truss and pitched roofs

  • Foundations, footing, form-work, concrete slabs

I have completed over thirty heritage restoration projects. For example:

  • 'Ravenswood', a significant heritage listed location in Ivanhoe East

  • Heritage restoration carpentry, joinery and building work for the National Trust at 'Tasma Terrace'
  • 60 Power St Hawthorn
  • 63 Hope St South Yarra
  • 8 Robe St St Kilda
  • 1 Newstead Rd Maldon

Builder and Factory Manager 1994-1997

Ashcroft Conservatories


  • Manage the factory manufacturer of English designed conservatories with a team of six people

  • Construction and assembly of conservatories in factory

  • Organise and prioritise factory operations and logistics

  • On-site construction of conservatories

  • Renovations and extensions of dwellings

  • Welding of structural metal frames

  • Training and support of apprentices

  • Spray painting of conservatories

  • Wood machining and joinery

I completed over thirty conservatory and five heritage projects which included:

  • Botanica Conservatory in Melbourne
  • 'Lambruck' in Fryerstown

Carpenter and Joiner

On-site Fixer 1989-1994

Olde World Joinery


  • Construction and installation of domestic kitchens, restaurants, offices, apartments and hospitals

  • Complete fit-outs included; installation of credences office work-stations and executive suites

  • Decorative veneer wall panelling to elevator foyers and building entrances

  • Supervision of apprentices

  • Cabinet installations

  • On-site fixer

Projects completed:

  • Caulfield racecourse
  • AMP house
  • BP House
  • Royal Women's Hospital
  • Cabrini Hospital
  • State Superannuation Board

Carpenter and joiner 1988-1989

JRV Custom Built Interiors

Commercial fit-off work

Carpenter Joiner 1984-1987

K&S Lyons Joinery

  • Commenced and completed trade apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery

  • Completed bank fit-outs, joinery and construction for; State Bank, RESI and Coles Myer


  • Qualified Carpenter and Joiner, Holmesglen Tafe
  • Heritage Materials Technology Workshop, La Trobe Beechworth
  • BARRA Charter Heritage Training Program, Holmesglen Tafe
  • Advanced Roofing Certificate, Holmesglen Tafe
  • Diploma of Teaching, Holmesglen Tafe
  • Certificate IV, Holmesglen Tafe
  • Panel Beating Certificate
  • Level 2 First Aid and CPR

Technical Skills

  • Wood-working machinery restoration and operation
  • Heritage carpenter and joiner
  • Published wood-working historian
  • Computer literate: Microsoft Word, Outlook, Apple Mac Software Applications ie IPhoto


Peter Phillipson

Master Builder

M 0419 399 893

Donald Gallager

Heritage Architect

M 0447931003