Long-term staff share John’s vision
ALONG with owner John O’Neill’s 25-year commitment to the Reef Gateway Hotel comes dedicated staff who are not far off.
Last week accounts clerk Peggy Collingwood celebrated 23 years working for the hotel.
During Ms Collingwood’s time, she served in accounts, reception and the bottle-o.
After 23 years, she said no two days were the same.
“That’s probably the best part of the job,” she said.
“It’s challenging but it’s enjoyable. That’s why I am still here.”
Ms Collingwood and Mr O’Neill are both passionate and particular about the structure of the hotel which is why they compliment each other professionally.
She shares Mr O’Neill’s vision that the Reef Gateway Hotel’s best trait is that it’s out of town.
“John has done a really good job at marketing the pub for the locals and that is still evident to this day,” she said.
“It’s quite marvellous to be a part of the community that holds such significance in the Whitsunday community.”
General manager Craig Bradley celebrates a decade of service to the Reef Gateway Hotel this year where he has transitioned from pub manager to his role today.
He believes that Mr O’Neill’s 25 years in business is a reflection on what the hotel means to the community.
“My favourite part about the job is probably our connection to the community.
“We work with all the sports clubs, host fundraisers – some of the ones we have held in the past have been enormous successes and you feel honoured to be part of it,” he said.
Mr Bradley said the hotel has big plans for the next 25 years, with all to be unveiled soon.
CELEBRATIONS ALL ROUND: Reef Gateway Hotel accounts clerk Peggy Collingwood has worked for the hotel for 23 years and general manager Craig Bradley has worked at hotel for 10. Here they are pictured with the boat to be given away this Sunday at 4pm as part of the 25 year celebrations.