Meet the team

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Meet Michael Ralph!

Mick is one of our quiet achievers who loves getting out onto the water for a relaxing (or exciting!) fish on the weekend.  He's been living in Darwin for 25 years, is a carpenter by trade, with over 20 years experience in the shade cloth industry.  Yup - he's an expert 'shadie'!

Mick can be found installing poles, making shades or pouring rubber soft-fall, but what he loves most about the job is installing playgrounds for the little ones.  His tip for anyone looking to install play equipment or shade:  "Use us - we are the best!"  Now that's putting is straight 🙂

Along with fishing, Mick is an avid photographer.  We're guessing he has has some great photos of big barra and snapper in his files!  What's on Mick's bucket list?  You guessed it "To get a bigger boat!"

Introducing….Stewart Baehnisch – otherwise known as Stew 🙂

Stew has lived in the NT all his life and loves 'drifting' his Gemini at Hidden Valley – we had to look up what this means!  Drifting is where the driver intentionally oversteers, while maintaining control and drifting sideways around the corner.   Whoa that sounds fun, albeit a little scary Stew!

Stew is a qualified upholsterer; his days vary from marking out shades to installing shades, building play equipment or pouring soft fall rubber.  His favourite part of work is the variety; every job is different so he’s constantly using his brain, learning and working hard to get the shade panels right.  Stew’s tip for anyone looking to install a shade sail: “Go for it!  Shade will cool your house and save you money on power”.  Great for your hip pocket and the environment.  What’s on Stew’s bucket list: “To return to Japan where I proposed to my wife in 2019!” Stew and his wife, Chloe, are expecting their first baby later this year.  We can’t wait for the arrival for the newest member of the NT Shade family!  Congratulations to you both.

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Meet Jorge Lay!

Jorge is a true blue Territorian but he was in fact born Dili, Timor Leste. He arrived in Darwin 35 years ago and has never left. “It’s an easy life”, says Jorge “easy to get around, go fishing, go wherever!”

Jorge is a qualified motor trimmer. He doesn’t really have a ‘typical’ day a work, as every day brings something new. Some days he will be sewing banners, canopies, or shades and sometimes he will custom make a motorbike seat or a boat cover. Occasionally he can even be found digging holes!

So, what is the best part of his job “Making new things. It’s a rewarding challenge to create something you’ve never done before” explains Jorge. His top tip for homeowners or businesses considering a shade, soft fall or playground is to come into the workshop and see what we can do.

What’s on Jorge’s bucket list? “To jump out of a plane!”

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We’re very pleased to introduce you to Nadeem Khan!

Nadeem’s a born and bred Territorian who is almost part of the furniture here at NT Shade – in fact he’s been with us for over 10 years.  He loves the laid back, outdoor lifestyle in the Top End, which he enjoys with his three kids - Keith, Dean and Maya.

Nadeem is a qualified motor trimmer; his typical day at work involves sewing together shade sail panels to create custom-made beautiful shades for residencies, businesses and organisations right throughout the Northern Territory.  He particularly loves the challenge of making large shade sails for big commercial jobs.  Nice work Nadeem!

Nadeem’s tip for anyone looking to install a shade sail: “Make sure you ask questions and take advice from the person who is making your shade!”  What’s on Nadeem’s bucket list?  “To go overseas again”.