Port Macquarie Panthers, GM Jamie Williams

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The club is undergoing an exciting transformation, with contemporary design and modern themes. The new and improved Panthers will deliver a truly inviting social environment, making Panthers a destination venue for our local community and visitors.

What stages are now complete?

Our architects have been working behind the scenes, and builders Lipman Constructions have officially commenced works.

Our Auditorium is the first stage to be transformed into a state of the art facility for our members, guests and community to enjoy. The entire club renovations are anticipated to take approximately 40 weeks from start to completion. During the project we will manage the club to ensure minimal disruption for our members and guests.

What did you have to take into consideration, from the planning process through to inception?

Throughout our strategic planning process we’ve gained a more targeted understanding or our club’s direction and the facilities needed to take us there.

The renovations are essential to keep our club going strong – to invigorate our existing facilities for our members and to also attract new visitation. We want our club not only to remain a welcoming haven for our members, but to also maintain our competitve edge in the growing tourism and hospitality market of Port Macquarie.

What is the concept behind the sleek new design?

We wanted to create a club our members would be proud to be part of and a venue our team were proud to call their own. The new fresh design plans to enrich and complement our seaside location of stunning Port Macquarie.

What has been introduced for sports and gaming fans?

A new and improved TAB and Alfresco Gaming will be built in conjunction with the Den Theatre Room revamp. We will be a premium destination to view all large screen live sporting events in comfort. All gaming areas will be refurbished, with some new fun and exciting games to be enjoyed.

Describe some of the design elements in the Tavern Bar and Deck.

Our team have spent a lot of time on what we want to create here. Our style will be a casual alfresco craft bar offering, overlooking the Hastings River waters. All gaming areas will be refurbished, with new and exciting games for the enjoyment of our members and guests.

What can patrons now look forward to at Port Macquarie Panthers?

With the upcoming renovations, Port Panthers will be known as a premier club, with something for everyone.  We really can’t wait to see the club in “full swing”. I’ve often heard our long-term staff and members talk about how great the Club “used to be”, so I’m really looking forward to creating a fresh and vibrant atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

We’ll be continuing our regular member activities like bingo, gentle exercise and raffles, as well as our ongoing commitment to hosting our supported groups like Rotary, Ballroom Dancing, the War Widows Guild Club (to name just a few) and of course, our proud RSL affiliation.

We’ll also be expanding our live entertainment offering, which kicks off with the opening our “Basement Sessions” early July – yes, the old “Atlantis” room is making a comeback!

We do expect there to be disruptions through the renovation period and apologise to members and guests in advance. We want everyone to know that we will remain OPEN throughout the process – and will be having some fun and exciting renovations promotions along the way.

Thanks Jamie.

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