A fresh start with cool upgrade
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