Long-term staff share John’s vi­sion

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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