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.