Cooper Page wins a Young Renovators Scholarship to help Cherie Barber at Renovating For Profit workshop

Handyman turns a new chapter: Scholarship recipient Cooper Page hopes to turn his hobby into a lifelong career. “I hope that I can inspire people, just like Cherie Barber," he said. Picture: Geoff Jones
Handyman turns a new chapter: Scholarship recipient Cooper Page hopes to turn his hobby into a lifelong career. “I hope that I can inspire people, just like Cherie Barber," he said. Picture: Geoff Jones

He’s only 15 but Cooper Page is already building his future aspirations.

The Winston Hills DIY handyman is one of five winners of this year’s Young Renovators Scholarship Program, established by Renovating For Profit founder and television renovation queen Cherie Barber.

Cooper was selected out of hundreds of applicants to attend Renovating For Profit’s three-day workshop in Sydney next week, which aims to teach people how to become savvy property investors.

Cooper also receives 12 months of mentoring from Renovating For Profit expert property coaches.

“I can’t wait,” Cooper said.

“I’ll be helping Cherie on stage at the workshop. I want to find out how she became successful and get a better understanding about the renovation industry.  All I do is talk about property. I’m not the biggest fan of school so this is a chance to do something different.”

The Gilroy College year 9 student has never imagined doing anything else.

“My mum has been renovating homes since I was little, so I’ve always helped,” Cooper said. “I was about five when I did my first project, which was paint my bedroom wall to look like an aquarium. “Mum taught me how to paint and be hands-on with general maintenance around the house. Over the years I’ve watched as she completely transformed rooms, making things look fresh and new again with a coat of paint or new furniture.”

He and his proud mum Kylie plan to go into business together next year.

“I think we’ll make a good team,” he said.

Ms Barber hopes to transform the scholarship winners into successful renovators.

“Property ownership and investment are the foundation of a secure financial future, yet the majority of school leavers have little to no knowledge on the basics when it comes to the property market,” she said. “Last year’s winners have already completed successful renovations using the knowledge they acquired through the boot camp and are well on the way to building profitable property portfolios.”

Cooper had this advice for other budding renovators.

“Give it a go, you’ve got nothing to lose,” he said.

“There are late nights but the best part is seeing the final result.”