Our History

Protek 24/7 is a family-owned WA business. We’ve been operating since 1998 and are proud of what we’ve built.

From little things, big things grow

Protek 24/7 had very humble beginnings. It all started in the shabby lounge room of a rental property in Karratha, in Western Australia’s dusty North-West, in 1998.

Phillip and Darlene Watkins, then young parents with four small children, had decided to sell the family home in Perth and relocate to the Pilbara in search of work and a brighter future for their family.

Darlene had the business background and Phillip was highly skilled in all forms of construction and maintenance. It was the perfect combination. Protek 24/7 was born, originally named "Allwood Carpentry". They printed flyers, put the kids in their prams, and delivered the flyers to local businesses, landing their first job—building 30 wooden steps for an aerobics class at the local gym.

Business took off and it was quickly supporting the family. Over the years Protek went through the usual ebbs and flows every small business experiences but, crucially, the company continued to grow.

What started out as a way to support one family, 25 years later supports more than 50 families in Perth and Western Australia.

In 2021, Phillip and Darlene retired. Their daughter, Tarrsha, bought the company and is chief executive and managing director. She’s committed to ensuring Protek 24/7 remains a values-led company, placing enormous emphasis on our core values of Safety, Quality, Reliability and Teamwork. The values inform every decision the company makes. They’re also one reason why many of our team have been with the company for more than 15 of our 25 years.

Protek 24/7 is committed to doing quality work for our clients, and providing long-term career opportunities to our team. Over the years, we’ve discovered word of mouth is the most effective form of advertising we have. We’re very proud of the reputation that’s followed.

Company Milestones

Our history


Phillip and Darlene Watkins start their business journey in Karratha which began as "Allwood Carpentry"

Perth office


The first "Perth Office" was established in the family's new home on Little John Road in Armadale

Directors photo


Protek Carpentry & Fencing Services Pty Ltd was established and Directors Phillip, Darlene, and Tarrsha began a new chapter in the Protek journey

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Protek Carpentry and Fencing became registered builders and expanded into the refurbishment market

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Certified by Compass Assurance Services to the ISO Quality and Safety Management Standards

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Phillip and Darlene officially retire to the hills of Tasmania and sell the business to Tarrsha Watkins

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Protek celebrate 25 Years in industry at Kidogo Arthouse for the "Pieces of Protek" event