Pete’s Pa­pil­lon

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

PORT Dou­glas land­scape com­pany Pa­pil­lon is now wholly-owned by Peter Mur­phy, who re­cently bought the other half of the com­pany from busi­ness part­ner Colin Cameron who start the busi­ness 15 years ago. Mr Cameron is now work­ing with not-for-profit Cape York Part­ner­ships. For Mr Mur­phy tak­ing full own­er­ship of Pa­pil­lon is the cul­mi­na­tion of an in­volve­ment in the com­pany which be­gan eight years, in­ter­rupted by sev­eral years work­ing for a ma­jor land­scape firm in Townsville, and then re­sum­ing a few years ago with his re­turn to Port Dou­glas.

He cred­its the ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with Scape Shapes Land­scap­ing in Townsville as a tremen­dous boost to his skills.

It is a large firm with big con­tracts that in­cluded at the time Lavarack Bar­racks.

‘‘It was a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ Mr Mur­phy, a cer­tifi­cated hor­ti­cul­tur­ist, li­censed car­pen­ter, and li­censed struc­tural land­scaper, said. ‘‘I was in mid­dle man­age­ment. It was re­ally good for me, like go­ing back to school. It was all about how to run a large com­pany – profit and loss, quot­ing, run­ning crews, how to treat your staff, run­ning big projects, ev­ery­thing. It’s a phe­nom­e­nal com­pany.

Mr Mur­phy ac­quired a 50 per cent in­ter­est in Pa­pil­lon when he re­turned to Port Dou­glas from Townsville two years ago. Now that he’s moved to 100 per cent, he is work­ing on rebranding the busi­ness a lit­tle bit.

There is plenty of work keep­ing his 10-per­son team busy, not least a ros­ter of ‘‘re­ally great clients’’ such as Sher­a­ton Mi­rage, Palmer Sea Reef Es­tate, Port Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­tre, the Court­house and other ho­tels.

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