A fresh start with cool up­grade

NT News - - BUSINESS -

Life is a whole lot cooler nowa­days at one of the North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s most pop­u­lar fish­ing hide­aways. Sand­palms Road­house and Trop­i­cal Mo­tel has in­stalled a huge new walk-in fridge and freezer, and a new beer chiller sys­tem, en­sur­ing the food is al­ways fresh and the beer cold.

The work was as­sisted by two grants un­der the Depart­ment of Trade, Busi­ness and In­no­va­tion Smarter Busi­ness So­lu­tions pro­gram.

The pro­gram of­fers in­for­ma­tion, fund­ing and de­vel­op­ment ser­vices to im­prove the per­for­mance and prof­itabil­ity of Ter­ri­tory busi­nesses, not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions and Abo­rig­i­nal en­ter­prises.

Sand­palms is a road­house, mo­tel, car­a­van park, restau­rant and fuel stop at By­noe, 103 kilo­me­tres by road south­west of Dar­win.

The old chiller and fridge couldn’t keep up with de­mand.

“We of­ten lost food be­cause it kept break­ing down,” says owner Julie Ab­doo. “The Gov­ern­ment grant en­abled us to in­stall a beau­ti­ful new fridge that keeps ev­ery­thing fresh and cold.”

Her hus­band Tommy helped the tradies in­stall and build the cool rooms.

“Our fridges were very old and in­ef­fi­cient,” says Julie. “Fridge tech­nol­ogy has moved on a lot since they were made.

“We needed some­thing more re­li­able and cheaper – some­thing that was bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment and low­ered our ex­penses.”

Sand­palms, which is only four kilo­me­tres South from a salt­wa­ter boat ramp at By­noe Har­bour and four kilo­me­tres North from the fresh wa­ter boat ramp at the Fin­niss River, has 25 rooms in its mo­tel and 35 spa­ces in the car­a­van park.

Many car­a­van guests are grey no­mads who stay for the whole dry sea­son.

If you would like to dis­cuss ways to im­prove the prof­itabil­ity, sus­tain­abil­ity or ca­pa­bil­ity of your busi­ness, con­tact the Small Busi­ness Cham­pi­ons team on (08) 8999 5479.

Sand­palms worker Nola Rogers

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