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 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

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

Candice regularly attends quote inspections and at times you will even see her operating machinery or assisting the team on-site during construction.

Her passion for creating visually pleasing and practical landscapes for clients, on top of her industry experience and local knowledge makes her a real asset to not only Rycan but to its clients.

Candice is a proud member of Awesome Women in Construction (AWIC), which is a not-for-profit association dedicated to providing support, resources, and networking opportunities to women working across Australia’s construction industry.