Introducing Centenary Landscaping Supplies
Today, Centenary Landscaping Supplies is headed by Terry & Denise O’Shea’s son, Kelby O’Shea as Managing Director with help from a young and enthusiastic management team.
The management team gives leadership to seven departments including Management, Dispatch, Administration, Marketing, Sales, Commercial, and the Yard & Driving Teams.
We operate under a fairly formal but flat structure based on the philosophies of Michael Gerber with new inclusive ‘functional teams approach’ but with a very family owned orientation. The functional teams were introduced by Conor with the help of consultants. This move has 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 recently closed their longest open file of over twenty years with the completion of a massive renovation at our three hectare site in Darra 4076. For your convenience we think we offer you the best landscape yard in Australia where you can…
- Walk around over 90 bulk bays of materials in your high heels (the tradies don’t of course as far as I know) on clean concrete (no more dust, mud and slush).
- Visit many displays including, pavers, retaining walls, gardens, pots of all kinds and a unique ‘mini turf farm’ of eight turf varieties.
- Select plants from our current small nursery.
- Get advice and buy hardware in air-conditioned comfort.
- Have 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 with our last penny 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 new and two very old). We now have over fifty people on the team. The yard occupied about 1/2 an acre while today it covers some three hectares (71/2 acres) here in Darra. It may surprise some to know that the yard was started by the Hawkins family some 18 years earlier when the Centenary Shopping Centre was first built. I was one of their first loyal customers when working as a cosmetic sales rep in the early 70′s and again as a teacher in the late 70′s before I got out of teaching and decided to invest our last penny in this good little business. None of our friends thought so at the time but are now delighted we did not go broke.
At the end of each month Denise, the book keeper, would add up what was owed suppliers as I laid down exhausted after working a 12 hour day in the heat and dust, (yes I did for those who see me now) when 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 extra cash to pay the bills almost on time.
Despite our lack of knowledge about cash flow and budget projections, (still not sure) we somehow managed to hang on to grow the business to the enterprise it is today, with over fifty team members working in three associated companies in the Centenary Group. Sounds flash and I guess it really is. It’s now estimated that over three hundred and sixty people directly or indirectly depend upon the viability of our growing enterprise… a responsibility they don’t take lightly.
Currently, the company occupies over seven acres, making it the largest single operation of its type in Queensland. Centenary Landscaping Supplies 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, Nursery and Customer Service Centre incorporating amazing displays. I invite you to drop in to see for yourself and be surprised!