Steve and I grew up in the eastern states and relocated to WA in the early 90’s. We were struggling to make ends meet so we took a chance and it paid off. I recall the sleeping on mattresses on the floor, people donating beds for our kids etc. They were difficult times. We went on to live in Kalgoorlie for over 20 years, working hard, bringing up a beautiful family and trying to do our bit to carry forward the kindness shown to us in the early days to other young families coming to the area. I have wonderful memories of the Goldfields and watching as our children enjoyed the small city life and all the special opportunities that come with small communities.
We relocated to Perth when the kids flew the coop but we never really settled into the big city environment so finding the Kambalda Hotel was a win win. We get to live in a small community, we get to make a difference and we get to fulfill a long time dream of having our own hotel motel. The truth is, Steve and I are chalk and cheese, but I think in business that can be a good thing. We both have very diverse experience career wise which led us to taking on a hospitality challenge back in the early 2000’s. After that we were always on the search for the perfect business opportunity in this industry. It didn’t happen so we eventually stopped looking. Then the Kambalda Hotel crossed our paths.
The Kambalda community have been so good to us in our initial stage, welcoming us into the community, providing feedback and ideas and popping in to say g'day. I love walking into Woolies and knowing the names of the sales team who give me the wave. It’s a great feeling of belonging.
Steve and I have so many ideas. We know we have taken on a huge challenge but we are up for it. We are doing all we can to keep everything we can local, especially employment. We have some real superstars in our team so far which is really exciting, and they are all on board with building this place into a great environment for the locals and surrounding communities.
Our biggest goal if I had to state one is to make a difference, to contribute to the community and do our best to provide a place to socialise, relax and enjoy a good feed.
Steve and Darlene Cole
Owners and Directors