PORT Stephens Council has appointed the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club (NCYC) as the new licensee and operator of the Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club facility effective 20 November 2020.
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Corporate Services Group Manager Tim Crosdale says the appointment is the start of an exciting new chapter for the facility.
“After reviewing the submissions received as part of the expressions of interest process, we decided that Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club is the preferred proponent for the new licence of the facility.
“The NCYC brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and potential benefits to the community that made the decision a unanimous one.
“As well as continuing community sailing programs, the new operators are excited to create a destination to encourage visitation to the area and support our local tourism and business economy.
“NCYC will work with the current operator to ensure continuity and will take over the licence from 20 November 2020,” he said.
President of the Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club Lachlan McPherson believes the appointment is a great outcome for all.
“Many are excited that a professional and well-resourced group who share the same objectives, to further promote sailing and aquatic sports from this community asset, have the licence.
“Moving forward, this will benefit the whole Port Stephens area and sailing in general,” he said.
All shortlisted candidates have been notified of the decision.
Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club is working with the incoming licensee to ensure continuity of sailing for the residents of Port Stephens.