Introducing the New Centenary Landscaping Supplies
Today, (2014) as mentioned below in the history, Centenary Landscaping Supplies is headed our eldest son, Conor O’Shea as CEO with help from a new, young and enthusiastic management team. The management team gives leadership to seven departments including Management, Dispatch, Administration, Marketing, Sales, Commercial, and Yard Services & Driving Team. We operate under a fairly formal structure based on the philosophies of Michael Gerber but with a new inclusive ‘functional teams approach’ and of course still with a very family owned orientation. This has recently been introduced in early 2014 by Conor, with the help of consultants who have dramatically changed the culture to a totally inclusive one that recognises the contribution of all team members through their team leaders.
Our engineering consultants have just closed (Jan 2014) their longest open file of twenty plus years with the completion of a massive renovation at our three hectare site in Darra 4076. For your convenience we think you now have the best landscape yard in Australia where you can even walk around 87 bulk bays of materials in your heals (the tradies don’t of course as far as I know) on clean concrete (no more dust, mud and slush), visit displays including a unique ‘mini turf farm’ of eight turf varieties, a new and unique range of exotic pots, get advice and buy hardware in air-conditioned comfort, get your deliveries On-Time in clean trucks with helpful Drivers, have your trailer or ute loaded by helpful and attentive Yard staff. It’s called landscape heaven and we think you’ll agree!
Denise and I purchased Centenary Landscaping Supplies in 1985 with its small team of three and a half (the half started at 7am and was gone by 10am) and three trucks (one newish and two old). The yard occupied about 1/2 an acre while today it covers some three hectares here at Darra. It may surprise some to know that the yard was started by the Hawkins family some 18 years earlier (about 1968, the year I was drafted into the Army) when the Centenary Shopping Centre was first built. I was one of their customers when I was a cosmetic sales rep in the early 70′s (the “Olden Days”, as our kids refer to that time) and again as a teacher in the late 70′s before I got out of teaching and bought the place with our mega savings and super.
At the end of each month Denise (keeper of the books) would add up what we owed our suppliers , and as I lay exhausted from working a 12 hour day in the heat and dust, and she’d inform me that there was only $3760 in the bank while owing a great deal more to our suppliers. We were “broke” and finished! NOT SO, as it turned out, because these were the days when “tradies” paid their account at the end of the month on time and the weekend generated enough cash to pay the bills almost on time. I can imagine some of my current suppliers reading this saying “what’s happened since then Terry?”
You may laugh, but quite frankly we didn’t have a clue about cash flow nor budget projections (our new consulting CFO may suggest we still don’t) but somehow we hung on to grow the business to the enterprise it is today, with 35 to 40 team members. It’s now estimated that over three hundred people directly or indirectly depend upon the viability of our little enterprise… a responsibility we don’t take lightly.
Currently, the company occupies seven plus acres, making it the largest single operation of its type in Brisbane. We have also just completed huge renovations that make your visit more rewarding, as the yard is now cleaner, and better organised with a new air-conditioned Hardware Shop and Customer Service Centre incorporating amazing displays. Drop in to see for yourself and be surprised.
Our 7 1/2 Acre Yard
Cheers… call now on 3373 4999 to discuss your needs and place your order!
Terry & Denise O’Shea.