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Highest honour for Bill McDonald

Congratulations to a long time and valued customer of Soldiers Point Marina – Bill McDonald. Read of this great achievement as in Hunter Business Review June 8th 2015...

McDonald Jones Homes founder and owner Bill McDonald has been awarded the highest honour possible by the Housing Industry of Australia, the 2015 Sir Phillip Lynch Award of Excellence.

The award pays tribute to Mr McDonald’s vast achievements including his leadership, innovation and generosity. It honours a person in the housing industry who has provided innovative and valuable contributions to the industry.

Bill started his building career as an apprentice carpenter in Newcastle in 1965. After two decades on the tools Mr McDonald started his own business. McDonald Jones Homes is now the largest volume builder in New South Wales and one of the fastest growing building companies in Australia following recent expansions into the ACT and Queensland.

Mr McDonald said the organisation has enjoyed success during many industry downturns over the years. McDonald Jones continues to expand, last year launching a sister business Mojo Homes, which started building its first home in May. The business also now has display home sites in New South Wales, the ACT and Queensland.

Despite this success, one of his most outstanding and enduring contributions is Mr McDonald’s community work. This includes the establishment of the McDonald Jones Charitable Foundation, which generously supports the work of the Maitland Hospital Foundation, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and the Hunter Medical Research Institute.

Mr McDonald is a life member of the HIA. He joined the association over 25 years ago. He has served on the Newcastle Branch Committee and the Hunter Regional Executive Committee. Mr McDonald was the region’s inaugural president, a role he held for seven years. Under his presidency membership grew from around 750 to over 2,500 members.

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Testimonial

Upon arriving at Soldiers Point marina, where storage of my beloved boat was to take place, I was greeted with an unexpected degree of friendliness and professionalism. The marina’s manager (Darrell Barnett) promptly showed me where my boat was to be stored in a secure fenced area with a key for unlimited access. Facilities such as hoses, power etc was also shown to us as well as a tour of the marina’s extensive facilities.
This beautiful facility is located on the western side of Soldiers Point out of the prevailing winds (which at the time were quite strong some days) meaning calm conditions in which to berth, have a quite drink etc.
I would truly recommend Soldiers Point and if you have a boat regardless of what size consider the Soldiers Point Marina. You won’t be disappointed, I wasn’t.

Stuart Just (Mooroolbark, Victoria)