CCBR Business Review

12 B U S I N E S S B R I E F S Wyong RSL, Halekulani Bowling Club join Mounties Group Over the past two months members of Wyong RSL Club and Halekulani Bowling Club have voted overwhelmingly to join Australia’s largest registered club, Mounties Group thereby providing a stronger future for both clubs and their communities. The vote followed a series of information sessions held over recent months where Mounties Group CEO Dale Hunt presented his vision for the future and what to expect should the amalgamation be successful. Secretary Manager of Halekulani Bowling Club, David English, said that he was delighted with the result and feels that Mounties Group offers a stronger future for the club. At the same time Chief Executive Officer of Wyong RSL, Angela Sanders said that she was happy with the result and very pleased that members saw the exciting future Mounties Group could offer them. Mr Hunt said, “We look forward to wel- coming these two clubs into the Mounties family and extending our offering outside of Sydney. We are in a unique position to offer Clubs that may be struggling a help- ing hand in difficult and uncertain times and we have a proven track record of suc- cessful amalgamations, which we hope this will become,” Mr Hunt said Mounties Group had put out an expres- sion of interest for clubs looking to amal- gamate earlier in the year. Mounties Group CEO Dale said that he believes it is their unique intergenerational approach to club venues as well as their profit-for-purpose business model that continues to intrigue and excite other clubs to join them. New owner for Elite Powder Coating Office furniture manufacturers AMS have sold their powder coating business, Elite Powder Coating, to Stephen Hayes. Established some ten years ago, the Lisarow business was acquired by AMS in 2017. Elite Powder Coating specialises in powder coating a wide range of metal products. Mr Hyde has a long background in the galvanizing including inline galvanizing and gal dipping. The sale was negotiated by John Ramsay from Central Coast Business Brokers. Work starts on rebuilding Umina Mall The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the commencement of demolition works at Umina Mall follow- ing years of inactivity on the site. “It was great to see work finally start on the demolition of the old super- market and shops”, said President of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Matthew Wales. The developers have confirmed that the site will be cleared in readiness for the new $10 million shopping complex to be built by well known local builder Pluim Group, is due to be completed by November 2021. The new shopping complex has been approved for a mix of retail and commercial uses including retail shops and new liquor store on Ocean Beach Road and Pozieres  Avenue,  new general store/supermarket to the rear off Pozieres Avenue and new medical centre, chemist and newsagent off Lone Pine Avenue. “The development will see 3,000 square metres of new retail and com- mercial floor space and nearly 90 car parking spaces,” Mr Wales said. “This will greatly enhance the Ocean Beach Road arterial corridor and provide important retail services to a large pro- portion of the Umina Beach residential catchment that previously relied on the old shopping  facility before it was destroyed by fire early last year”. Initially approved 10 years ago, with modifications approved in 2015, the Umina Mall development stalled for sev- eral years as negotiations continued on the purchase of two lanes behind the site from Central Coast Council by devel- oper Laundy Exhibition. “After years of uncertainty, it is extremely important that this strate- gic commercial facility is completed and contributing retail services and local jobs to the community”, said Matthew Wales. “The redevelopment works also coincides with the construction of the United Service Station at #303 Ocean Beach Road which includes car washing facility and several retail outlets”. “It also coincides with the upgrade of the BP Service Station on the corner of Ocean Beach Road and Rawson Road at Woy Woy”, said Matthew Wales. “These are significant investments into our business community which will cre- ate hundreds of local jobs”. “There is no doubt that 2021 will be a busy year and will see some exciting grand openings”. New training facilities and stabling approved at Gosford Race Club Racing NSW and Gosford Race Club have announced a joint training and stabling partnership that will rejuve- nate the training precinct on and adja- cent to the Gosford Racecourse. The two bodies will jointly fund a new synthetic training track and Racing NSW will immediately commence planning for double storey stable com- plexes on land to be purchased from the Race Club. The DA for the track has already been approved with construction ear- marked for early 2021. The new facility will be capable of training up to 200 horses a day. Gosford is geographically positioned to become a training centre of excel- lence in NSW. The newly opened NorthConnex with its vastly improved access to metropolitan tracks makes Gosford the ideal base for trainers with horses of all classes. “Today is a monumental day for the Gosford racing industry, especially our existing trainers. Importantly however we will now be able to attract new trainers bringing more jobs to the area and boosting the local economy” Daniel Lacey Gosford Race Club CEO said. Racing NSW will commence master planning for the Stable Complex in the near future and depending on the number of stables that will be built the investment in the project is estimated at around $8 to $10 million. “Gosford is seeing a real resurgence of late and this project only adds to that. It is very pleasing that Racing NSW also sees the part that Gosford can and will play in the horse racing industry. “The Gosford Race Club Board thanks Peter V’landys AM in facilitating this project and we look forward to work- ing with Racing NSW to deliver our joint vision.” Michael Cusick, Chairman Gosford Race Club said. CENTRAL COAST BUSINESS REVIEW DECEMBER 2020