GK Painting Contractors started as a family owned business in Tennant Creek in 1985.  In March 1989 it was registered as a Company providing its services throughout the Northern Territory as a painting contractor. The company then extended its services into the building industry across all sectors to provide a better range of services to the Barkly region and beyond working on many projects in the commercial, industrial and private building sectors. 

GK Building Contractors are registered with Contractors Accreditation Ltd and a proud member of HIA for over 10 years. We have our own comprehensive WHS Site Safety Management Plan, Risk Management Plan and Construction Environmental Management Plan.  All plans are updated regularly to ensure all Aus Work safe Standards are met.

We have a fully equipped workshop where we manufacture our own cupboards, security screens for doors and windows, a concrete batch plant, a glass cutting room for glazing works and our paint store with a full variety of Dulux paint products Selleys accessories.


Since opening in 1985 GK Building has taken pride in employing many locals and also offer training opportunities for staff members when available. The company currently has employed 2 fully Qualified and Registered Builders with a 3rd currently studying for the license;  2 apprentices studying carpentry and also a secretary commencing studies on WHS for the business.   
Over the years we have also successfully employed local individuals as apprentices who have gone on to obtain their relevant trade certificates and also in some instances, commence their own business operations. In addition to training GK Building Contractors have engaged the services of local Carpenters, Painters, Registered Builders, Concreters, Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulic, Plumbers, Trades Assistants and Metal Fabrication Persons. This have provided many skilled workers to remain employed in the town.

In addition to providing employment for locals, GK Building Contractors also actively sponsor various Tennant Creek Sporting Organizations, including Tennant Creek Speedway, The Saddle Horse Club, Tennant Creek Turf Club and Little Athletics. We have also donated books and educational toys to the local Play Group, and donated various Arts & Craft materials to Tennant Creek Primary School & Tennant Creek High School.
The company also ensures that building materials are purchased through local and Northern Territory business if possible to help support local and territory economy.

GK Building Contractors have an Indigenous Development Program aimed at improving outcomes and employment opportunities through training and mentoring. This is achieved on large projects by communicating with – JCAC, Penny Curtis, Karen’s Kitchen, and Barkly Work Camp to find suitable indigenous persons to apply for work.

GK Building Contractors employees respect the rights of individuals, their culture and traditions.




 Completed Projects include –


D.O.I – Period Contract – Repairs and Maintenance to various government employee housing. We have held this contract for 12 years

DHLGRS – Period Contract – Repairs and Maintenance to various government public housing.  We held this contract for 13 years

D.O.I – New Building – Tennant Creek High School Gym

D.O.I – New Building –install transportable 3 Bedroom House, including Landscaping Murray Downs

DHLGRS – Refurbish 10 units Blain Street internal and external

NEW FUTURE ALLIANCE – Supplied and Finished Concrete for footpaths, curbing and bin pads on various Indigenous Communities in Tennant Creek

D.O.I – Remote Housing – Refurbish and upgrade Indigenous houses in various communities. IE – Canteen Creek, Epenarra, Ali Cu rung.

BRIDGESTONE TYRE REPAIRS – New Building. Workshop & Offices

D.O.I – New Building – Brick 3 bedroom house, including Landscaping. Ali Cu rung

D.O.I – New Building – Tennant Creek High School Construct trade training workshop

BLUE BUSH CATTLE CO – New workshop Facilities

GHD – Construct new profiler hut at Tennant Creek Airport

PROBUILD NT – Internal & external painting to new Anyingini Congress Clinic in Tennant Creek

DHLGRS – Internal refurbishment to 20 units in Blain Street Tennant Creek

DHLGRS – External upgrade to 20 units in Blain Street Tennant Creek

JULALIKARI COUNCIL – Renovations to various building in Tennant Creek

D.O.I – Refurbishment to 8 indigenous houses in Ali Cu rung

D.O.I – Supply and erect security fencing to D.O.I visiting quarters Tennant Creek

D.O.I – supply and lay new ceramic and vinyl floor tiles to various government buildings in Tennant Creek

D.O.I – remove old vinyl floor tiles and supply and lay new ceramic floor tiles to Borroloola police station

BARKLY TRAINING CENTRE – Replace old roof sheeting with new roof sheeting

D.O.I – Supply and erect 3x3 bay carports to D.O.I complex in Tennant Creek

BARKLY REGIONAL COUNCIL – Construction of Purkiss Reserve Football Change Rooms Complex.

GK BUILDING CONTRACTORS – New Building – 10 x 2 bedroom units in progress

  New Building – 1 x 4 bedroom House in progress

PAPULUAPPARR-KARI- Language Centre- Demolish old and Construct new office on existing site 

DOI- Demolish, Design and Rebuild 3 New houses in various locations in Tennant Creek

All the above works have been rated at 3 & 4 on Contractors Performance Ratings.


GK Building Contractors is committed to local development

Recruit Locally

Utilize Local Suppliers wherever possible

Engage Local Subcontractors

Support Local Events

Support High School VET Programme