Alan Blundell joins BEX hall of fame
TWEED developer Alan Blundell had his life's work in the community honoured at the BEX Awards on Friday night.
The Tweed Business Excellence (BEX) Awards chairman John Murray announced Mr Blundell as the winner of the Chairman's Award and 2009 inductee in the Hall of Fame as a “genuine business gentleman”.
“He loves this area and his created some fantastic projects on the Tweed that will stand the test of time,” Mr Murray said as he introduced Mr Blundell to the state.
“He's a real visionary and has always had the acceptance of the community.”
Mr Blundell, chairman of Piers Property Group, said he was overwhelmed to receive the award.
“There have been some great inductees into the Hall of Fame, including Robert Brinsmead and Russell Roylance, so it's great to be held in the same company as them,” Mr Blundell said.
One of Mr Blundell's biggest devel- opments for the area was the Harvey Norman Centre in Tweed Heads South.
His company recently completed the commercial building Zo on the corner of Turnock and Pearl streets in Kingscliff.
“I think it's important to develop the area to our living standards,” Mr Blundell said.
Mr Blundell proudly said he is a fourth-generation Tweed boy.
“I was born in Murwillumbah hospital, I went to Tweed Heads Public School and then to Tweed River High School,” he said.
“I've travelled internationally and I can say that Australia is the best country and the Tweed is the best place to live.”
At the end of the night BEX co-ordinator Bob Robertson announced his retirement from the committee.
“I've been doing this since its inception seven years ago. I still hope I can attend next year without having to organise it all,” Mr Robertson said.