New outlook for attracting residents, investment
A successful Port Stephens’ business has raised its glass to a call of encouragement to other prospective residents, businesses and investors to follow in its footsteps.
Murray’s Brewery was chosen as the venue to launch Change Your Outlook: Live, Work and Invest in Port Stephens, a glossy, 20-page prospectus to boost economic and population growth, as an example of a business that has already made the move to Port Stephens.
Produced by Port Stephens Council’s economic development unit, the prospectus showcases lifestyle and economic opportunities the area has to offer.
Most importantly, it includes the stories of some of the individuals and businesses that have already changed their outlook – and never looked back.
* David Tiller, who along with his wife Mary made the move when he took up a position with Tomago-based Ampcontrol;
* Robyn Bradbury, a high-flying corporate executive who swapped peak hour traffic for seafood when she became the owner of the Rock Lobster restaurant at Nelson Bay;
* Colleen Mulholland, who was quick to recognise the potential in Raymond Terrace when she was involved in the development of the MarketPlace Raymond Terrace shopping centre – and chose to stay after it opened; and of course,
* Murray’s Craft Brewing Co, which decided on Port Stephens over the Blue Mountains when the boutique brewer outgrew its Taylors Arm location.
Head brewer Shawn Sherlock spoke at the launch of the prospectus on 25 July, 2012, reflecting on the business’s success since making the move.
He said the venture had grown from six inherited employees of the vineyard already on the Bobs Farm site to 20 staff, and a recent advertisement for a brewer attracted 70 applications.
A similar position advertised when the brewery was in Taylors Arm resulted in no interest.
As well as the brewery’s growing reputation – it boasts eight of the brews on the top 100 Australian beers list – Shawn put the shift down to Port Stephens’ desirability as a place to live and work.
To request a copy of Change Your Outlook: Live, Work and Invest in Port Stephens, contact Briony O’Hara on (02) 4987 3785, or email briony.o’firstname.lastname@example.org