Tuesday 16 December 2014

Baseplan GO Live in Retracom Group of Companies for 2015

Baseplan Enterprise software will GO Live in our contracting business at the start of the New Year. The system has already been successfully implemented across our Hire and Portable building business units. Baseplan is an Australian based ‘whole of business’ software solution considered ‘best of breed’ in the Hire sector. Already we are starting to see the benefits of a streamlined back office allowing us to concentrate on service delivery using functionality that better accommodates customer requirements. Baseplan has developed a project management module specifically to suit our Contracting business and this promises a step change in the cost control and operational visibility. Clients and suppliers alike will notice some minor stationery changes from the new system disciplines but overall the transition to Baseplan has been relatively seamless to date. The project scope also included a shift from an on-premise to remote hosted IT infrastructure. It is envisaged that the investment in Baseplan and cloud computing will enable an enhanced service offering and an improved customer interface into 2015 and beyond.

Friday 12 December 2014


“Retracom Hire has been successful in securing the contract to supply the temporary site accommodation for the redevelopment of the Grand Central Shopping Centre in Toowoomba.  With Principal Contractor Probuild Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd having commenced preliminary civil works on site Retracom will be mobilising a satellite compound prior to Christmas.  The main compound will follow early in the New Year when contractor numbers will grow to approximately 500. With the project expected to run for two years Toowoomba are already looking forward to the opening of the second largest shopping centre in Queensland, with only Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast larger.  “Securing projects of this magnitude is further evidence that Retracom can deliver complete solutions for temporary site accommodation to the Construction industry” said Retracom Buildings Sales Manager Graeme Partland, “Retracom Hire takes the time to understand what the client’s requirements are and work with the client to deliver the best possible solution to ensure the smooth operation of the project.”

Merry Christmas

Friday 7 November 2014


“Retracom Buildings has been awarded the contract to supply the amenities buildings for the redevelopment of the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby, PNG.  The project involves the production of 25 buildings of varying sizes that will be flat-packed, containerised and available for loading at the Port in the second half of January.   
Retracom are looking forward to completing this project for the main contractor, Hornibrook Constructions, who have a long and successful history of project delivery in PNG.  “Having worked through the logistics of this project over the last few weeks with the team at Hornibrook we are looking forward to an exciting few weeks of production ahead” said Retracom Buildings Sales Manager Graeme Partland, “with the delivery date imminent the production team face a very busy period over Christmas however with the expertise of the team we have at Retracom and the experience gained from similar large projects over the last 30 years we are comfortable in the knowledge that we will deliver a successful project.”

Tuesday 12 August 2014

Retracom wins the Melbourne Markets Warehouse A&B contract.

Retracom Contracting have been awarded the first two cold storage Warehouse's at the Melbourne Markets site in Epping Victoria. Working along side the main contractor Hansen Yuncken, Retracom are excited about teaming up with them again after the success of the Melbourne Markets Relocation Project and Flower Markets. "After the success of working with Hansen Yuncken over the last few months it's a great result for us to win the contract for the first two warehouse's that will be built on the site at Epping" said Retracom's Sales Manager David Hunwick. "We have built a strong relationship with the team down here and we looking for that to continue" said Mr Hunwick. Retracom will be onsite from the middle of September for upto 7-8 weeks.

Wednesday 25 June 2014

Foodpro 2014 - Day 4

The final day of foodpro 2014. It has been an excellent exhibition so far. No other event brings together so many people from within the food processing industry. We have meet a lot of potential customers and have made some  excellent contacts within the industry. If you have the time drop into the Melbourne convention  centre today and see us at stand M51.  

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Foodpro 2014 - Day 3

An excellent day yesterday with a wide variety of people coming through the exhibition. Some good contacts made and it was good to see so many people from inter state making the effort to attend. A good turn out for the network function last night where the exhibitors got to relax a little and enjoy a few drinks together. Many thanks to Paul and the team from Assa Abloy for an entertaining evening.

Bring on Day 3

Monday 23 June 2014

Foodpro 2014 - Day 2

We are looking forward to day 2 of foodpro 2014. Come down and see us at stand M51 and check out some of our partners in the industry like Wiley, Kingspan and Total Constructions while you are here. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday 22 June 2014

Food pro 2014 - Day 1

A great start to Foodpro 2014. A good crowd through on day one. We have meet and talked with a number of food professionals from a wide variety of areas. Looking forward to the next few days.

Welcome to Foodpro 2014

Food pro kicked off this morning at the Melbourne exhibition centre. Come along to stand number M51 to meet David & Darrell. We look forward to meeting you there.

Thursday 19 June 2014

Sunny Queen Eggs Stage II

Retracom Contracting have been engaged by Wiley Pty Ltd to build the second stage of the Sunny Queen Eggs production facility being constructed on their Synergy Park site in Carole Park, Brisbane.  

Starting on site at the beginning of August Retracom will be adding an extension to a freezer, building a liquid egg room as well as a warehouse/ staging room and staging extension. The project will contain about 4500 sq/m of panel in the construction. 

Retracom once again is looking forward to partnering Wiley on this project.

Surat Basin Energy & Mining Expo 2014

Retracom Hire & Transportable Buildings are once again proudly on display at the Surat Basin Energy and Mining Expo in Toowoomba this week.  Call in and catch up with Craig and Graeme as we exhibit our extensive range of temporary site accommodation options.

Wednesday 18 June 2014

Huon Aquaculture Tasmania - Retracom Engaged

Retracom Contracting have recently been awarded the Huon Aquaculture Salmon Processing Facility in Parramatta Creek, Tasmania. Engaged by Wiley Pty Ltd, Retracom have been working with their design and estimating teams since August last year, offering our knowledge and expertise from previous projects that Retracom and Wiley have worked on together. Retracom’s experience in this area was one of the main reasons why they were awarded the project.

“This is an exciting project to be involved with” said Retracom’s Sales Manager David Hunwick. “It is the collaboration of months of work with the team from Wiley, to deliver a future proof facility that can consolidate all their clients processing onto one site and allow for future growth” said Mr Hunwick.

Retracom have already commenced on site, with the project being handed over to the client in December.

Thursday 5 June 2014

Food Pro 2014 - Retracom Exhibiting

This year, Retracom Contracting will exhibit at FoodPro in Melbourne. We will be promoting our experience in the building of Food Processing Facilities right across food industry.

If you are attending FoodPro this year, we hope you drop by stand M51 and say hello to the David and Darrell who will be attending over the 4 days.

When: 22-25 June 2014

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Cost: entrance is FREE

More information: FoodPro2014

Update on Montagues Cold Storage in Victoria

Retracom Contracting are progressing well on the Montagues Cold Storage facility in Truganina, Victoria in conjunction with Qanstruct. Now into the second month onsite Retracom's General Manager Chris Wormald is pleased with the way the project has advanced, "It is exciting to watch a project of this size evolve from the concept stage through to completion" said Chris.

The 15 000sq m area of freezer will be equivalent to the size of almost three football fields and will contain two freezer chambers and extensive annex and loadout area. The Truganina distribution center will be completed by October 2014.

Monday 19 May 2014

Retracom Exibits at OZ Water 14


Ozwater 2014 came to Brisbane during April and Retracom was in attendance to exhibit our product range to thousands of visitors over the three days.  Held annually in a Capital City by the Australian Water Association, Ozwater attracts attendees from throughout Australia in addition to many international guests.  Retracoms attendance was warmly received and allowed us the opportunity to introduce ourselves to potential new markets in addition to cementing existing relationships.”

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Retracom Competes in Corporate Triathlon

Corporate Triathlon
On the morning of 3rd of May, Retracom competed in the Fitness First Corporate Triathlon event at Southport. Of the fourteen Retracom competitors, only five employees had competed in a triathlon so nerves were tense before the races.  Two teams did all three legs of the triathlon (swim, ride and run) while the remaining three teams split the legs. While jokes about bull sharks in the Spit and freezing temperatures were rife, in reality the water was clear, warm and inviting for the swimmers to start their races. The gusty chilly wind didn’t slow the bike riders in their tracks fashioning some impressive times and the runners enjoyed the glorious morning along waterfront whilst they huffed and puffed all the way to the finish.  All the Retracom competitors demonstrated immense team spirit encouraging their fellow colleagues in all their races. Retracom finished the day with pancakes and Egg’n’bacon rolls whilst chatting about the next Retracom team challenge, a 24 hour long mountain bike team race. Each participate enjoyed themselves and were glad they participated in the event.

Friday 28 March 2014

Retracom tour of Acland Mine

"Retracom's Martin and Paula Porter, Shannon Porter and Graeme Partland were recently welcomed by the New Hope Group to their Acland mine for a very extensive and personal tour. By accessing the site in the huge dump trucks the team were able to access places not normally open to the public and get a firsthand knowledge of how advanced the processes are that are in place for this mine. By working in conjunction with their own Pastoral Division the New Hope Group are at the forefront of returning previously mined land back to farmable land. They currently run in excess of 2500 head of cattle on land that has been mined in the last 5 years. Retracom are proud to be associated with the New Hope Group and sincerely appreciated this opportunity that was afforded to them."

Wednesday 26 March 2014

Retracom Charity Golf Day 2014

Friday 21st March 2014

The annual Retracom charity golf day was held last week at the Brisbane Golf Club in Yeerongpilly.

Retracom is proud to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation for a consecutive year with the golf day raising in excess of $16,000 to assist funding research into this disease.

Over 20 teams competed in Texas Stableford format with the winning team being four members from Brisbane Golf Club.

Retracom would like to thank all their suppliers who generously supported the day.

“This is a cause that is very close to my heart” said Retracom’s Managing Director Martin Porter. “I once again would like to thank all the suppliers and players who generously supported the day. Without their backing, a day like this would just not be possible!”.

Tuesday 25 March 2014

Retracom takes on Victoria

Retracom takes on Victoria

Retracom Contracting have made their first move in taking on Victoria’s cold storage and food processing market, employing a new Victorian based Sales Consultant.

Victoria’s insulated panel market is one of the strongest in Australia, with the largest dairy farming industry in the country and is the second largest vegetable growing state. “This is one of the major reasons Retracom has made the move into the Victorian market” said Retracom’s Sales Manager David Hunwick.

Retracom’s newly appointed Sales Consultant, Darrell Murray said he hopes to make Retracom a significant player in the Victorian market.

“I have a great deal to offer and look forward to expanding Retracom’s horizons,” Mr Murray said.

Retracom Contracting are known for building quality cold storage facilities throughout Australia and overseas, however they are not limiting themselves to just the cold storage market.

“The insulated roofing industry is growing and we want to tap into this as well,” Mr Murray said.

Retracom Sales Manager, David Hunwick said employing Mr Murray would allow Retracom to build and strengthen their relationships in Victoria.

Mr Murray has spent all of his professional career in the building industry including owning his own design and construction company.


Thursday 20 February 2014

Retracom Sponsors Successful TSBE Event

Retracom Sponsor TSBE (Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise) Evening - Toowoomba February 2014

Port of Brisbane’s chief executive officer Russell Smith impressed the large crowd that turned out for TSBE’s first Enterprise Evening of the year last night, when he detailed the importance of making the Inland Rail Project a reality.
It was the first Enterprise Evening for the year and strongly supported, with nearly 300 guests turning out for the networking and information evening held at Toowoomba’s Middleridge Golf Club.
John Anderson, former Deputy Prime Minister and chair of the implementation group tasked to drive the Project forward, also spoke at the event.
Mr Russell outlined the benefits of a dedicated freight rail line which included efficient market access for agricultural industries and removing almost 4000 trucks off South East Queensland’s roads.
“The Port of Brisbane handles more than $50 billion worth of trade a year and up to 50 per cent of Port of Brisbane’s trade travels to or emanates from Toowoomba and the west,” Mr Smith said.
“Current rail constraints means almost all forward container freight growth will move by road. It means South-East Queensland must develop a long term freight logistics system to match this world class port.
TSBE CEO Shane Charles said he was enormously grateful that both Mr Smith and Mr Anderson travelled to Toowoomba, to update community members and potential stakeholders on the importance of getting the Project off the ground.
“Inland Rail is a must for Toowoomba and the region. With freight volumes set to double by 2020 and triple by 2050, an enhanced and complementary rail transport system is a must. It was a major coup for Toowoomba to host both Mr Smith and Mr Anderson, who together demonstrated the immense importance of the Project becoming a reality,” Mr Charles said.
Mr Charles also thanked Retracom, a TSBE silver member, for being the major sponsor of the evening.  Retracom General Manager, Shannon Porter, took the opportunity to showcase the extensive range of products and services offered by Retracom.  Before many existing and prospective customers Shannon’s presentation was very well received.

Shannon Porter - General Manager for Retracom Group of Companies

Retracom Hire - Toowoomba Airport Visit


Toowoomba Airport Visit - February 2014

With a population of approximately 165,000 Toowoomba has an abundance of quality educational facilities, a stable quality workforce and represents a business hub for the Region however it does not have an airport that services their needs effectively.

All this will change in October when John Wagner’s vision for appropriate airport services comes to fruition with Wellcamp Airport becoming operational.

With a 2.87km runway Wellcamp is designed to cater for large jets up to 747 and will conduct regular passenger services, charter flights, fly in fly out services and airfreight services.  With direct access to the Surat, Cooper, Bowen and Galilee Basins businesses will be strongly placed to take advantage of the growth in those areas. The airport will be serviced by an architectural-designed terminal that covers approximately 8000m2.

The development also incorporates the Wellcamp Business Park which will become home to a diverse business community.  With the newly announced Toowoomba bypass passing alongside the Business Park allows easy access in all directions.  The Business Park is set to become the premier business address outside of Brisbane.

Martin and Paula Porter, Shannon Porter, Graeme Partland and Craig Leschke recently represented Retracom with a guided tour of the facility and the sheer magnitude of the job was clearly evident.  With the construction phase being a 24 hour operation the landscape is undergoing daily changes and realisation of a vision is becoming apparent.

The accompanying photo was taken from the end of the new runway and with the bitumen surface scheduled to be laid in early May the Wellcamp Airport is really taking shape.  This premier Wagner development is sure to be an outstanding asset to the Region.

Thursday 13 February 2014

Retracom 2014 Charity Golf Day



Retracom 2014 Charity Golf Day

Enjoy a great day at one of Queensland's premier golf courses. Network with customers and colleagues, promote your company, services and products and/or reward your staff, all while supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
The annual Retracom Charity Golf Day is on Friday 14th March 2014 at the Brisbane Golf Club, and we need your support as a player or sponsor to help Australia’s national organization dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners, families and the wider community.
The event is open to all Retracom customers and suppliers, their customers, suppliers and employees and anyone who just wants a great day out to support an important cause.
The Texas Stableford competition enables golfers of all standards to participate. You don’t have to be a pro to play and non-golfers are welcome. Play in a team of four with no pressure, just teamwork and a lot of fun!
If you don’t have the numbers to field a full team, let us know and we can slot you into a team with similar players.
For the competitive, there are prizes to be won including ‘Nearest the Pins’ and ‘Longest Drive’.
For a cost of only $150 per player you will receive a golf shirt, lunch, drinks, canap├ęs and golf with the use of a motorised buggy.
Sponsors are invited to donate using the attached Registration Form.
I look forward to seeing you on the day.

Martin Porter 
Managing Director

Retracom Group of Companies


Retracom Contracting secures Montagues Cold Storage VIC

Retracom Contracting has been engaged by Qanstruct to build the new Montague Cold Storage (CS) Distribution project in Truganina, Victoria to commence May 2014.

The 15 000sq m area of freezer will be equivalent to the size of almost three football fields and will contain two freezer chambers and extensive annex and loadout area.

The Retracom Contracting team will be installing
28 000sq m of insulated panel for this project.

Retracom Contracting General Manager, Chris Wormald said he was looking forward to working with Qanstruct again.

“We have done a number of projects in recent years with Qanstruct including two Coles Distribution Centers in Sydney and Adelaide and the Statewide Distribution Centre in Tasmania,” Chris said.

Qanstruct General Manager, Mark Ruff said Retracom’s experience and expertise were the main reasons they were selected to partner them on this project.

“Retracom continually prove themselves to be the leaders in what they do,” Mark said.

Montague Fresh is an Australian packer, procurer, logistics provider and marketer of fresh produce. The family business began in apple growing but has since become a national distribution network. It is through this network that they are able to supply the major Australian retailers with the freshest produce available, 365 days of the year.

The Truganina distribution center will be completed by October 2014.

Friday 24 January 2014

Example Blog Post

Family owned, Australian leader

Combined, the three Divisions in the family operated Retracom Group lead Australia in:
  • Insulated contracting;
  • Transportable building manufacturing; and
  • Transportable building hire.

The core of our success-reliable values

Retracom is Australian owned and family run. Established over 35 years ago, the Group has been under the current private family ownership and management for more than 20 years. Our core philosophy is based on family values:
  • Friendly service;
  • Attention to detail; and
  • Customer satisfaction.
Owned by proud Australians, Retracom buys and uses Australian materials and services wherever possible.