Feature Story •  30/6/2021

Brisbane Women's Sanctuary - Pest Control Company Help

Republished: Garrards Pest Review Vol 27 no. 2

Sometimes, it helps to give back to the community - just ask Brisbane pest control professional Luke Taylor. Luke is the Managing Director of The Pest Company, which conducts business in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales. 

The business - administration and staff - has been hands-on in support of the registered Gold Coast-based charity The Sanctuary Women, Children and Pet’s Refuge.

(from left) Jamie Swain, Daniel Piscioneri and Luke Taylor
Here to help, and happy to do so: (from left) Jamie Swain, Daniel Piscioneri and Luke Taylor © Garrards
(from left) Jamie Swain, Daniel Piscioneri and Luke Taylor
Here to help, and happy to do so: (from left) Jamie Swain, Daniel Piscioneri and Luke Taylor © Garrards

A worthy cause if ever there was one, The Sanctuary provides refuge, safety, education, nutrition, and case management counselling for women and children escaping domestic violence. 

“But it also provides hope for a better tomorrow for these people,” Luke said. 

The Sanctuary, which has no Government funding, relies heavily on contributions from the community at large.

Enter The Pest Company!

The Pest Company, which has a home base at Miami on Queensland’s Gold Coast, was established by Luke in 2000.

Luke, married to Kelly, and parents of Emma and Harper, has been a tireless supporter of worthy causes, well aware of his company’s social responsibility.

“We do our best to help others by donating and helping out where we can,” he said.

“Having a wife and two daughters sets a clear message when you visit the refuge, as these people, who may have been on the streets, are in warm accommodation as a result of The Sanctuary and the amazing people behind it.

Brisbane Womens Sanctuary
Daniel PIscioneri with a resident of the sanctury © Garrards
Brisbane Womens Sanctuary
Daniel PIscioneri with a resident of the sanctury © Garrards

“The owner of the refuge, Simone Patterson, and Mick Robertson from the Pride of Bettermen Group on the Gold Coast, which supports the Refuge, do a tremendous job - they have worked tirelessly to make good an existing building to house more  accommodation to keep these women safe and off the streets.”

As such, The Pest Company has also substantially supported such causes as Lives Lived Well Specialist Centre, Vinnies CEO Sleepout, George Gregan Foundation and Stillbirth Foundation Australia.

The company also supports Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Prosperity for a Purpose, Pride of Bettermen Group, and numerous disaster, earthquake, fire and flood appeals, as well as several charitable golf days.

Determined to do even more, The Pest Company’s team of four men donated their time to install termite barriers for the family units in The Sanctuary, which proved another step toward finalising certification. Luke said: “Termite management was a need to service at the refuge, so we sourced support from the pest industry to finalise compliance.

 

Brisbane Womens Sanctuary
The donation from Joanne George, Sentricon Business Manager on behalf of Corteva Agriscience covered the whole of the building's perimeter. © Garrards
Brisbane Womens Sanctuary
The donation from Joanne George, Sentricon Business Manager on behalf of Corteva Agriscience covered the whole of the building's perimeter. © Garrards

“Garrards kindly donated 18 concrete caps, then Joanne George from Corteva came to the party with the donation of the Sentricon Always Active System. 

“We then inspected the building for termites, and installed the 26-station system to cover the building’s perimeter.”

The Pest Company will continue the ongoing management of the Sentricon System, with an annual termite inspection of the building and surrounds, three-monthly monitoring of the stations, and monthly service when termites are active. Domestic violence is in the news like never before: Thanks to the support of Luke Taylor and The Pest Company, and other people and organisations like them, hopefully the tide is turning.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Garrards Pest Review: https://www.pestreview.com.au/

Sentricon Always Active: http://www.sentricon.com.au

The Sanctuary | Women, Children & Pets Refuge: https://sanctuaryrefuge.com.au/ 

 

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800-RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/