Third Kooralbyn Resort general manager quits

Edging closer: Kooralbyn Resort development manager Mark Heinrich shows off one of the newly refurbished rooms at the resort. No firm date has been set for a re-opening.KOORALBYN Resort has lost its thirdgeneral manager in six months, with the latest casualty lasting only threeweeks.
Nanjing Night Net

Brendan Cullen, who started his tenure at Kooralbyn Resort in early March, quit last week.

Resort development manager Mark Heinrich said Mr Cullen found the job too daunting and decided he was not the right fitfor the major project.

“He did not realise what the stress would be and he couldn’t handle it, it was overwhelming,” he said.

Mr Cullen could not be contacted for comment.

A new general manager is set to start at the resort this week, the ffourthsince June 2015.

The quit is the latest setback for Kooralbyn Resort, which is undergoing an extensive $7 million renovation funded by owner and Yong Real estate founder Peter Huang.

The $7m figureincludes a $2m renovation of the resort’s famed 18-hole golf course, which attracted the rich and famous during its height in the 1990s, before it fell into debt and closed for good in 2008.

Mr Heinrich, who is overseeing the renovation for Mr Huang, saidKooralbyn Resort was the most challengingjob he had worked on in his career.

He said everyone involved in the project underestimated the massive job at hand, and said that was the reason why several managers had left and opening deadlines had been missed.

But 18 monthsafter renovations, Mr Heinrich said he was beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel.

He said the golf course was nearing completion and should be playable within a month.

The Times toured the resort on Saturday and viewed several near-complete rooms and fully re-landscaped gardens.

While the resort’s website said it would open on April 29, Mr Heinrich backed away from any firm dates.

“It’s either perfect or we don’t open. I don’t care if we have to keep delaying it,” he said.“There is so much we have to get right, but it’s worth it in the end.”

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