Builders - Ayr, QLD
Parkside is now a leading player in saw milling, timber manufacturing, land and property development, home construction and retirement industries with operations from Cairns to Sydney.
The Parkside story is one of rich history and diversity. The Parkside brand didn’t start in timber, but in farming and agriculture when Bruno Tapiolas Vila, a Spanish immigrant arrived in Australia in 1911. Bruno saw Australia as the land of opportunity and from humble beginnings, little did Bruno know that over 100 years later the family business would grow into a multifaceted Queensland business known as the Parkside Group.
The story is said to start with Bruno wanting to build a home for his young family soon after World War 2 but building materials were in short supply but he had learned that the timber he needed to build the home could be bought on the Atherton Tableland.
Undaunted, he borrowed a truck and travelled some 400 kilometres north through rough bush tracks to buy what he needed.
Word had travelled around that he had found the timber he needed and before Bruno got home, he had sold all of the timber to his neighbours for a handsome profit. After all this he hired that truck again and went and got another load of timber - but again he was offered much more for it than he paid for it upon his return to Ayr.