It’s been a busy first quarter at Cedar Mill Group, including four new additions to the Venues team!
Steve Knuth, Venue Operations Manager, brings with him over 20 years of experience in venue, events, and construction industries, having worked in venues in Los Angeles and Sydney. Most recently, he has collaborated on the successful re-opening of the Concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House. Karim Haddad, a highly skilled design and drafting professional, joins with 20 years of experience in the events industry. With a specialised focus on concerts and touring, Karim has spent eight years working with Australia’s largest venues, leading promoters, and event infrastructure providers. Adrian Dalton, Venue Planning and Logistics and Julie McDonald, Seating Co-Ordination and Concept Design, together bring in over 30 years of venue planning and seating design concepts to our projects and to promoters across the country. We also welcome Kiera Woods in her role as Executive Assistant, focused on providing conscientious, high-level administrative support to the CEO and broader executive team.
The teams have had an extremely busy quarter supplying various services including site management, crowd control, safety and risk assessments to the major stadium tours down under including Red Hot Chili Peppers with Post Malone, Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran and Knotfest Australia. Internationally we have supplied crowd consulting services in the APAC region. The risk team supplied risk and safety services to Fully Charged and Gartner conferences, Perth showgrounds as well as a full suite of services to Sydney Motorsport Park. SEAA continues to supply security services to RAC Arena with 17 arena shows and the week-long United Cup and ranger services to the Royal Botanical Gardens amongst their ongoing event work.
Our venues have all entered a very exciting stage. Cedar Mill Lake Macquarie, our 30,000-capacity showpiece is well into construction with huge amounts of earthworks sculpting out the spectator bowl and piles being driven some 18 meters down into the earth ready for the stage build in Q3. The Cedar Mill Hunter Valley site has completed its community consultation and is in the final stages of consultation with the state architects, aiming for final DA lodgement by Q3 2023. All the while plans are being finalised for Cedar Mill Yarra Valley for initial submission by Q4 2023.
It was with great excitement, through our partnership with Business Sydney and Business Western Sydney, that we presented a business case for three first-of-its-kind “performance shells,” as part of a plan to reinvigorate the city’s once-thriving concerts space. ‘Greater Entertainment for Greater Sydney.’ It maps out how permanent performance shells would revitalise Sydney’s outdoor entertainment sector, bringing over 2,300 permanent jobs and $450 million to its economy every year. We also were very happy to join and support the #VoteMusic Campaign.
The next quarter will see us supplying project management support to Dreamhack, Australia’s biggest gaming, Esports and lifestyle festival; security and safety services to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Madama Butterfly, and warden services at Sydney Royal Easter Show, along with ongoing security and ranger services to RAC Arena Perth and Sydney Royal Botanical gardens. Our venue space will continue to develop as Cedar Mill Lake Macquarie continues to emerge from the ground and our concepts such as Greater Entertainment for Greater Sydney move from proposal to action.