IMAGINE CRUISES 20 YEARS
Specialising in whale and dolphin watching, snorkelling, island cruses and private dinner charters, Imagine Cruises this year celebrates 20 years of setting sail. Co-founders Frank Future and Yves Papin, drew their inspiration for the business from the beautiful waters of the Port, its unique coastline and offshore islands. Frank attributes their successful launch of whale watching to a chance meeting with Migaloo the now famous white whale on one of their very first whale watch cruises. This is the second year that they’ve topped Trip Advisors list of best attractions for the Port, and Imagine have stayed true to their environmental convictions becoming the first regional marine tour operator to gain an Advanced Eco tour rating by Eco tourism Australia.
AUSTUBE MILLS 80 YEARS
Austube Mills in Mayfield is celebrating 80 years of operation. Commencing as Stuart and Lloyds in 1934, the operations has employed thousands of locals in the intervening years and been an integral part of Newcastle. The business restructured in 1946 to form Tubemakers of Australia. It became OneSteel Australian Tube Mills in 2007 and rebranded as Austube Mills in 2013-14. During this time it also celebrated the delivery of its 1 millionth tonne of DuraGal product. Autube Mills attributes much of its success to developing some of the great innovations in pipe and tube manufacturing and its ability to transform itself to meet changing market and business environments.
ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS 15 YEARS
Established in 1999, Advanced Communications is celebrating their 15th Birthday during October. From humble beginnings in a home office to now residing in the bustling Steel River Industrial Estate (Mayfield West), employing 10 full time employees and having experienced massive changes in technology along the way. They attribute much of their success to saving customers money by bundling business products together (phone lines, broadband etc) whilst offering telephone systems that enable their business to run more efficiency.
Advanced Communications is also a preferred RAAF contractor having worked with the Defence for the entire 15 years installing optical fibre and data cabling.
DFK CROSBIE 50 YEARS
This year DFK Crosbie celebrates 50 years in business. From humble beginnings in Mayfield, Crosbie has seen many changes in the last half century. In 1964 the practice opened as McLean Curran & Co with two Partners, Stan McLean and Des Curran. Stan and Des retired in 1978 and the company name changed to George, Warren, Crosbie & Sinclair. The name was updated again in 1992, to Crosbie, Warren, Sinclair and the following year the three offices merged into one office at Warabrook with just 45 employees. In the years that followed the Wealth Management division was established and continued to grow. The company expanded to Sydney, and then the Gold Coast and last year rebranded when they became affiliated with DFK Australia and New Zealand. DFK Crosbie now has over 110 people in their three office.