Winners are grinners: From left C.ex Group chief executive John Rafferty, with marketing manager Sam Wardman, Philippe Stoupel and Dale McIntrye.
Winners are grinners: From left C.ex Group chief executive John Rafferty, with marketing manager Sam Wardman, Philippe Stoupel and Dale McIntrye. Bruce Thomas

C.ex Coffs best in NSW

HEAD to C.ex Coffs and you’ll officially be enjoying the best club restaurant and Keno venue in the state.

C.ex Group chief executive John Rafferty and his team returned from the Clubs NSW Awards for Excellence ceremony with more than just a smile after taking out three of the industry’s most prestigious awards.

The club was rewarded for a number of huge changes in recent years, winning top gongs for Outstanding Financial Management, Best Club Restaurant-Rendezvous and Best Club Keno.

“We were up against the biggest clubs in the state such as Mountie’s, Campbelltown Catholic Club, Dee Why RSL Club, Revesby Workers, Sydney Rowing Club and Club Marconi, so it’s absolutely outstanding for us to be recognised as the best in the industry,” Mr Rafferty said.

“It is fantastic to be recognised by our industry as one of the premier venues in the state.

“It’s great for Coffs Harbour as well as for the board, management and staff that continually strive to improve our level of service and it is a tribute to our members and visitors for the wonderful support of the club.”

The club has seen the completion of a series of major projects in the past 18 months including a new three-level car park, the construction of two synthetic bowling greens, the launch of a new fine dining restaurant, Rendezvous, and the opening of an outdoor gaming area.

More than 50,000 extra visitors came through the club’s doors in 2009.

Chief executive of Clubs NSW, David Costello, said C.ex Coffs had long been a leader among regional clubs but had now elevated itself to being one of Australia’s premier clubs.

“What impresses me most about the club is its continual efforts to improve and look for ways of better supporting its community,” Mr Costello said.

“Coffs Harbour is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

“It’s only appropriate in C.ex Coffs that the region has a world class club.”



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