CCBR Business Review

8 BUSINESS FOR NORTH Gosford based Pro Ali Design, designer and manufacturer of conveyor systems and associated equipment for the food industry, has gone through the roof as food processing companies expand or realign production systems as a result of consumer demand for value-add products. “Our order book now stretches out to June July next year,” said Miles Fink, Pro Ali Founder and Managing Director. While continuing to design and manu- facture systems for their traditional custom- ers in the meat and poultry industry new orders are coming in from food manufac- turers across Australia and New Zealand for new plant to produce value add products such as ready-made meals. “Covid has changed everything”, said Mr Fink. “Consumers have totally changed the way they live and eat and are demanding products such as ready-made meals and food processers have had to quickly realign their production systems. Pro Ali is presently working on orders from across Australia and New Zealand. Some of Australia’s largest abattoirs, smallgoods manufacturers and other food processors are among Pro Ali’s major customers and they have been supplying these companies for over 30 years. Pro Ali has always adopted a design and manufacture process that includes installa- Local property developers, the Brand Group, are expanding their interests in early learning centres with work nearing completion on a new centre at Wamberal that will bring their total number of centres to four with another planned for Holgate. Currently nearing completion, a Sprout Early Learning Centre in High Valley Close, Wamberal will open in January 2022 and will be the second early learning centre for own- ers Simone and David Brand . An Approved Provider and Director of Sprout ELC, Mrs Brand has worked in the child care industry since graduating from university in 2007 while Mr Brand is business manager and Director of property developers, the Brand Group. The couple’s first venture in early learning centres is their Sprout ELC in Serpentine Road, Terrigal which opened in 2018 and has 130 child enrollments and employs 37 educators. This Centre has been rated by the regula- tor as Exceeding the National Standards, equal to a 5-star rating. Mrs Brand said that the family is commit- ted to providing the highest standards from the quality of design and construction of their Centres to the education and care of children. “We provide above space ratio per tion by their own factory staff who build and understand the equipment. This involves delivery by Pro Ali’s own fleet of B-Double transport vehicles anywhere in Australia. However, with lockdowns across all states and travel bubbles to New Zealand Mr Fink told CCBR that they have had to change their systems and engage installers in each state. “We have turned this to our advantage,” says Mr Fink. “With lockdowns everywhere we had to think through an alternative Demand for value add food products boosts Pro Ali order book B U S I N E S S N E W S method to carry out installations to our satisfaction. Installing our systems in very complex and so when we sent our staff away on installations it affected our produc- tion capacity. Now we are able to maintain production and with the use of zoom meetings and other technologies we are able to control the installation process. We are also saving on the cost of travelling and accommodation for our people.” Pro Ali Design employs 40 people at their North Gosford works. Beef processing plant designed and built by PRO-ALI Brand Group expanding into Early Learning Centres child in both indoor and outdoor as well as a purpose built yoga studio in all of our services,” said Mrs Brand. “Our undercover verandas allow for outdoor play to continue to occur in inclement weather. We place a significant impor- tance on natural light and air flow as well as being run via solar power to limit our environmental footprint. Our pro- grams for the children also compliment an environmental awareness where children engage with nature, vegetable gardens and worm farms.” The Wamberal centre has been designed by architect Chris Baker from Thrum Architects with construction by Cowyn Building Group a well established Sydney family builder that has established a base at Charmhaven. Meanwhile, well known property devel- oper the Brand Group, through its sub- sidiary Malachite Holdings Pty Ltd which owns the childcare properties has lodged a Development Application for a 102 place child care centre at 242 Wattle Tree Road, Holgate near the Holgate Primary School. “Our Terrigal centre has a wait list of over 700 and other surrounding centres have waitlists which displays the demand for childcare facilities,” Mrs Brand said. GSPublisherVersion CHILDHOOD EARLY LEARNING CENTRE WAMBERAL 2 HIGH VALLEY CLOSE HIGH VALLEY HOLDINGS PTY LTD Wednesday, 12 Febru E COVER SHEET Scale: @ A1 Client: D E V E L O P M E N T A P P L I C '2 HIGH VALLEY CLOSE, WAMBERAL CHILDHOOD EARLY LEARNING CENTRE DRAWIN ARCHITECT LOCALITY PLAN - DA-000 DA-001 DA-002 DA-003 DA-004 DA-005 DA-006 DA-007 DA-008 DA-009 DA-010 E COVE E SITE A E MASTE E FLOO E ROOF E CARP E ELEVA E BUILD E SITE LO E SHAD E PERSP NTS Image of Sprout Early Learning Centre at Wamberal CENTRAL COAST BUSINESS REVIEW OCTOBER 2021