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Tiarnie Mueller

Portsmith, Far North Queensland

Landscape gardening in the tropics of Far North Queensland involves specialised skills and knowledge of the environment. Outdoor Solutions, based in Cairns, delivers landscaping expertise and provides employment for Indigenous and long-term unemployed people.

Hi, my name is Tiarnie Mueller. My company is Outdoor Solutions Queensland, and we’re based in Cairns.

I would describe my business as one of Far North Queensland’s leading landscape and construction companies.

My husband has been my number 1 supporter, he’s also a director of the company alongside me. Being my own boss is very challenging at times, but at the end of the day it is very rewarding.

We have received a small business Accelerate grant, and also a Digital grant through the Department of Employment and Small Business. We have also participated in Mentoring for Growth.

The climate and weather is very unpredictable in the tropics. Plants and grass grow very well in these climates, and we find that our maintenance side of the business are busy all year round, although we do have slow periods, which are in the dry season or the winter, but with our diversity in the business, this is when the landscape crew come in and the construction side of the business picks up.

A proudly Indigenous-owned business, Outdoor Solutions began as a lawn mowing enterprise and has grown to become one of Far North Queensland's leading landscape design, construction and grounds maintenance companies.

An important part of not just the local economy, but also the community, Outdoor Solutions employs Indigenous and long-term unemployed people and is a long-time sponsor of their local AFL club and Special Children's Annual Christmas Party. The company is a member of various local and national business and industry associations, helping them keep up with industry developments, and training and networking opportunities. They're also a certified member of Supply Nation, a nationwide directory of Indigenous businesses which helps link them with corporate and government procurement opportunities.

Outdoor Solutions have worked hard to build strategic partnerships with other businesses and consultants including landscape architects and exterior designers. This allows the business to provide clients with a 'one-stop solution' to their landscaping needs and keep delivering quality services for the tropics, across commercial, government and residential projects.

Outdoor Solutions landscape gardening expertise has been utilised on some of Far North Queensland's major construction projects. Continually seeking to grow and evolve with the latest design innovations, Outdoor Solutions strive for an edge in technology, innovation, education and training.

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