Our Story

Rycan Retaining and Earthworks is a proud family-owned and operated small business based in the South East Queensland suburb of Karana Downs. From humble beginnings as a one-man jack-of-all-trades in 2012, formally known as Rycan Maintenance, we secured several commercial contracts with ARA Building, Yes Optus, Cerebral Palsy Queensland offices and residences, Suncorp Bank, Grill'd Restaurants, Churches of Christ Care, and SEQ Water just to name a few.

Although Rycan Maintenance had been providing minor building works and earthmoving services to both residential and commercial clients throughout South East Queensland since 2012, it was in October of 2020 that Rycan Maintenance was rebranded to Rycan Retaining and Earthworks, acknowledging a clear need for a specialist structural landscaping business servicing the Brisbane Western Suburbs and Ipswich regions. It was upon rebranding that we parted ways with all general handyman type services and committed to solely offering all facets of Excavation and QBCC Licenced Building of Retaining Walls, Fences and Decks.

Today, Rycan Retaining and Earthworks is a well-known specialist provider of structural landscaping services within the Brisbane Western Suburbs and Ipswich Regions. Our knowledge of the geographical region, building code standards, local Council laws, and industry professional contacts including engineers, certifiers, material suppliers, and other trades allows us to provide an all-in-one hassle-free service to our clients. Although we are proudly still considered a small business when compared to the commercial construction titans, we are consistently expanding our team and heavy machinery fleet. Currently, our fleet consists of a 10-tonne payload Tipper Truck, Bobcat S70 Mini Skid Steer, Bobcat E20 Mini Excavator, Bobcat E45 Excavator with one-tonne counterweight, six-tonne rated Hydraulic Grabber, 450 Dedicated Rock Auger, 450 Clay Auger, and various bucket attachments.

Rycan Retaining and Earthworks have been proud members of Master Builders Queensland and Landscape Queensland Industries Association Inc. since 2021. These memberships provide our customers with peace of mind that the services we provide meet industry and legal standards.

Ryan Parlane - Director

Ryan Parlane,  is the owner of Rycan Retaining and Earthworks and has over 20 years of building and heavy equipment operation experience both in the commercial and residential sectors within Australia and New Zealand, his native country. Ryan holds a Builder - Restricted to Structural Landscaping and Low-Rise Site Supervisor QBCC Licence. He is also a certified Civil Excavator Operator and licenced MC Truck Driver.

Ryan has a wide range of industry knowledge that can only be obtained through years of experience and has a knack for visualising and creating landscape structures that help his clients realise the full potential and subsequent value of their land.

Hard to miss in a crowd because of his red hair and beard, Ryan is passionate about on-site safety, Rugby Union (as all good Kiwi's are), family, and mentoring the next generation of builders.

Candice Parlane - Business Manager/ Apprentice - Structural Landscaper

Candice Parlane,  is the Wife of Ryan Parlane, and has a background in office and contracts management, sales, marketing, and recruitment across numerous industries including construction and mining oil and gas.

Candice has always been a part of  Rycan since its inception in 2012 but joined in a full-time capacity in late 2019. Not only does Candice oversee all administration, bookkeeping and marketing duties for Rycan Retaining and Earthworks, she is also currently enrolled as an Apprentice - Structural Landscaper and spends most weekdays on the tools building retaining walls and operating heavy machinery.

A born and raised Brisbane girl, Candice has a passion for customer service and making her client's landscaping dreams a reality. She has a keen eye for detail and a deep appreciation for the overall aesthetic. She naturally brings that feminine touch that can often be missed in a male-dominated industry like construction.

Known as 'Mighty Mouse' amongst the team, Candice is a hard-working, Mother, Wife and businesswoman. She is also a member of the Awesome Women in Construction  (AWIC) not-for-profit organisation.

Wyce McPhee - Apprentice Structural Landscaper

Wyce joined the Rycan team in June 2021 as an Apprentice Structural Landscaper. Passionate and hardworking, Wyce has quickly become a valued team member always ready to do what it takes to get in and get the job done.

A country boy at heart from the rural regions of Brisbane, Wyce is an avid Team Roping Champion whose determination and drive translates to his work and willingness to learn.