CCBR Business Review

6 B U S I N E S S N E W S John Singleton continues investing in the Central Coast JOHN SINGLETON’S CONFIDENCE in the future of the Central Coast continues as he recently unveiled his latest investment plans for the Central Coast with a luxury boutique hotel at Mt White and restoring the former Hawkesbury Inn to its former glory as well as a 40-60 room motel alongside the Elanora Hotel at East Gosford. With the first stage of his long term plans for the boutique lodge having been approved by Central Coast Council, Mr Singleton aims to proceed with what he calls a “10 star” restaurant and 20-room boutique hotel. This follows his acquisition of the former 3.27 hectare Hawkesbury Inn property on the corner of Pacific Highway and Ashbrookes Road opposite his Saddles Restaurant in September 2020. Council’s approval in March was for a house and four bed and breakfast suites however his long-term plan is for the luxurious Lodge. Meanwhile, having bought the Elanora Hotel in 2019 carrying out substantial multi Plans for a major expansion of the Woolworths warehouse and regional distribution centre at Warnervale are now on public exhibition for community feedback. The proposed $67.6M alterations and additions to the existing centre at 11 Warren Rd will add an extra 27,767sqm of warehouse storage to the facility. Plans include an upgrade of the existing service entry to create an express entry for trucks. Vehicle access will continue via Warren Rd with provision for additional entry movements from Woolworths Way. The existing hardstand areas are to be expanded for a truck refuelling and maintenance/wash facility, with two new weighmillion dollar renovations to the property, Mr Singleton is now working on a 40-60 room motel to compliment the hotel. He is also totally renovating The Bon Pavillion restaurant in Gosford at present with a complete refit that will transform it into a bar and steakhouse. Plans are for it to reopen in August which will be a boom for the Gosford CBD. Mr Singleton’s confidence in Gosford’s future has seen him in recent years invest millions firstly the $35 million Bonython Tower in Gosford, the first major investment in Gosford in over 30 years and the Bon Pavillion restaurant. In December last year the Ravello Residences, with 40 luxury apartments on the Gosford Waterfront. In 2018 he opened Saddles Restaurant at Mt White on a 10 hectare property near his home Strawberry Hills, which has become an iconic destination judged by Conde Nast as the most beautiful restaurant in the world. bridges and extra on-site truck parking. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) says the existing centre, built in 2005, is outdated and needs an upgrade in technology, and increased capacity to handle more product lines and provide faster deliveries to Woolworths supermarkets. There will be another 30 full-time operational jobs as well as 100 construction jobs during the building stage. The application, environmental impact statement and accompanying documents related to this State Significant Development (SSD-33701741) can be viewed online at www.planningportal.nsw. gov.au/major-projects Woolworths to expand Warnervale warehouse NSWBUDGET 2022-23 What the Central Coast got University of Newcastle Gosford Campus $18.2M contribution to new Campus. Social Housing - $6.5 million $5.84 M for upgrades to social housing $660,000 for a new social housing project. Infrastructure - $14.1 million $7.3M for Warnervale Town Centre water and sewer plan. $6.8M for Mardi water treatment plant upgrade. Roads - $64.46M for planning continuing construction $26.0M for continuing construction of Pacific Highway at Lisarow $25M for planning and commence construction Tumbi Road and Central Coast Highway, Wamberal intersection $5.46M for planning Manns Rd between Stockyard Place an Central Coast Highway, West Gosford, $7.0M commence construction Blackwall Road and McMasters Road, Woy Woy. $1.0M design work on Pacific Highway through Wyong Town Centre Rail - $29.2M $27.7M upgrade etc of Tuggerah Train Station $1.5M Planning for Tuggerah commuter car park Sundry odds and ends chasing votes - $764,000 2 Ambulance stations – Kincumber and Lisarow John Singleton ProposedWoolworths warehouse and regional distribution centre inWarnervale CENTRAL COAST BUSINESS REVIEW JULY 2022

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