Under normal circumstances, GLT employs 70 staff nationally and carry over 100,000 passengers each year on our tours throughout Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia. But like most tourism businesses around the world, their company was devastated by the COVID-19 crisis when tour operations came to a standstill in early April.
CEO Paul Beames was heartbroken after standing down the entire workforce. “I went to the depot determined to change the destiny for our crew. On the way, I tripped over a bunch of wooden pallets on the nature strip from the neighbour’s factory. I sparked a conversation and discovered they were destined for landfill. I commented that was such a waste as they were in perfect condition and the neighbour happily offered them to me and said he could offer a steady supply.”
Paul continues, “with plenty of space in the depot and a shed full of tools, I started knocking together some prototypes. It blew me away how funky some of the designs from the wood grain polished up. I looked around and thought, we have all this vacant space, massive workbenches, lots of tools and a lot of talented people. I knew if I could convert the space into a furniture factory, I could re-employee some of the guides who had been stood down. And Pallets with Purpose was born”.
You can read the full story and Q&A with Paul here.
GLT is acutely aware it will be some time until they can fully return to offering awesome sightseeing tours throughout Victoria. In the interim, their attention is on finding alternative revenue streams but more importantly, keeping the team engaged and the community spirit alive.
With the State beginning to open back up again, it’s vital for many businesses to be able to offer outdoor spaces in order to welcome their patrons back. This is where the expert team at GLT have been able to jump in and assist.
Working with their local community and Hobsons Bay City Council in delivering a range of outdoor activation solutions ranging from temporary decking to full parklet fit outs, including planter boxes, tables, synthetic grass and plants. The word is slowly getting around with several other local council precincts, retail traders, cafes and restaurateurs now seeking their services.
> If anyone needs assistance with the implementation or installation of outdoor trading areas, timber furniture or planter boxes, contact Pallets with Purpose at firstname.lastname@example.org.