GND Cairns Painters is steeped in history. We are a third-generation family company which had its roots in South Australia when a young Tom Stallbaum arrived to start a new life after the devastation of the Second World War. Tom had been indentured to his father in Germany after the war as a Painter & Signwriter and bought those skills to Australia.

Tom fell in love with his new home and after working for SA Rail for two years to repay his fare to Australia he stared his own paint contracting business. Tom soon gained a reputation as a hard worker and a man who had an eye for detail and produced high quality work and had life long friends from SA until his passing.

By the mid 1970’s Tom was drawn to a new challenge and moved his family to Cairns where he established GND Cairns Painters. Around this time his son Glen joined the Australian Air Force where he served for 7 years before leaving to join the growing family business in 1983. Glen has been with the business ever since.

The company opened successful retail stores which formed a lifelong relationship with national iconic Victoria based paint manufacturer Haymes Paint. Glen served as a director on two paint retailer co-op group boards, became one of Haymes Paints largest outlets in Australia (and the largest outside Victoria). The strong relationship with the Haymes family continues to this day.

The company has undertaken and completed some of the most Iconic projects in the Cairns region including The Cairns Domestic and International Airport Terminal in 1991, the Cairns International Hotel (now Pullman), 3 Trilogy Apartment Towers on the Cairns Esplanade, the Sea Temple Resorts at Palm Cove and Port Douglas, the Cairns Hospital Block D and Hospital 7 story car park, through to the new CPAC (Cairns Performing Arts Centre) and the Crystalbrook Bailey hotel and apartment complex.

GND has carried out work with the full range of clients from individual home owners to tier 1 construction companies the likes of Lend Lease. Because of their expertise in project management and quality results GND’s has the ability to carry out large commercial projects but still has the skills and knowhow to undertake smaller projects and specialized finishes. They are able to call upon a workforce of up to 50 painters depending on the projects needs.

GND has the following systems in place, Quality Management, Company Safety Policy, Code of Conduct policies and are 100% COVID compliant.


“Quality even if no one’s watching”


It’s not just a word, it’s a philosophy which must come from the top of an organisation. As is asked of GND employees when carrying out any task (if you were doing this in your own home, would you accept the finish)


With GND owned and run by someone with knowledge imparted from 2 preceding generations of practical experience means that GND most likely has the solution to most problems encountered (or the processes to find the solution).


Over 45 years in the Cairns region proves GND is a local business employing locals. The 3rd generation business owner has been a participating member of a local sporting club for over 30 years.


One can’t demand trust & respect, they are earnt through one’s actions.