On May 22, Wyong’s Gallery Precinct rolled out the red carpet and joined Central Coast Mayor, Jane Smith, and senior staff from Central Coast Council; neighbouring businesses and the other 150 plus guests, in celebrating the official opening of the Gallery Precinct Arcade at Alison Rd, Wyong.
The opening comes after the arcade and adjoining shops underwent a long overdue renovation by the new owner, Gallery Precinct Investments, and welcomed the arrival of fi ve new businesses to the area. This stable of new businesses adds to the Precinct’s existing three businesses.
The evening was hosted by the business owners and Gallery Precinct Director, Mr Matthew Lusted. In his address, Mr Lusted spoke briefl y of his passion for the Wyong community, and of the Gallery Precinct’s revamp. “I have been a Wyong boy all my life and I have always had to defend Wyong, but now Wyong is defending itself,” he said. Mr Lusted then handed over to the comical ‘Rosa Waxoffski’ (aka Marney McQueen from the Royal Hotel, Wyong) who delighted guests with her antics and hilarious overview of each of the nine businesses in the Precinct.
The official ribbon cutting followed, with Mr Lusted and his father John watching on, as their wives, Bronwyn and Joy, had the honour of cutting the ribbon. The progressive renovation of the Alison Rd Arcade, now known as the Gallery Precinct, has been underway since mid 2017. “The purpose of the renovation was to assist with the revitalizing of the Wyong Town Centre to encourage vibrant new businesses and patrons to the community,” said Mr Lusted, whose local building company, the LA Group, is overseeing the renovation and building works. An extensive renovation of the arcade took place within the Gallery Precinct to accommodate the five new businesses.
“We now have a space that’s bright and airy with modern, attractive and energetic businesses that are all successfully attracting patrons, both new and old, to the area, and with the renovation of the adjacent shop 5 now completed, ready for a potential new dining venue to come on-board, it truly is an exciting time to be a part of the community here in Wyong,” Mr Lusted concluded.
Source: Media release, May 24 Vicki Blundell, LA Group