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15 years of Service!

L to R: Darren Marshall, Wendy Jorgensen, Maria Katselas, Sam Kennard

One of our Team Members Maria, was recently presented with her 15 Years of Service Award at our Annual Kennards Self Storage Achievement Dinner. Maria currently manages the Moore Park centre. Over her time she has Managed several centres and is currently a Training Hub for new Team Members joining Kennards. Maria’s dedication and commitment to her role has seen her as the go to person for anything storage.

Congratulations Maria, looking forward to your next milestone.

We Strike Gold in the Hills

Its Gold for Mick, Medhat and Jim at Kennards Self Storage Castle Hill. This years Annual Dinner recognised the Castle Hill Team with Gold Achievement status.

It has been a busy year for the Team with demolition works to make way for construction of an additional 5 level storage building. The Team have managed to maintain business growth whilst providing exceptional customer service during construction.

Can not wait to follow what this Team can achieve with a new office and building, well done Mick, Medhat and Jim!

Another Gold for the Mantle

Here is an example of only settle for Gold. Jenny and Clint have consistently achieved Gold Level Achievement at Erina. Jenny has been managing the centre at Kennards Self Storage Erina for 18 years and has achieved Gold all this time.

What an outstanding achievement well done Jenny and Clint.

Welcome To Club Gold

Well done to Lisa, Ian and Carol at Belmont. Achieving their first Gold Award at this years Kennards Self Storage Achievement Dinner, they have worked hard to achieve this.

Their focus on all things operational at the centre has seen them achieve Gold level in 2018.

‘Crazy Projects’ as Capacity Booms In Self Storage

Experienced Business Writer Tim Boreham interviews Sam Kennard. Published in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald 24th March, 2018.

Self-storage mogul Sam Kennard has warned of “crazy projects” in development at a time when the sector faces a record increase in new capacity across the key capital city markets.

The head of the family-owned Kennards Self Storage, Mr Kennard said he had rejected project proposals in the past – only to see them funded and built by another party.

“The problem is that asset prices are quite high which makes it difficult for new projects to stack up,” he said.

“There are some crazy projects planned and I hope good sense prevails: the bank doesn’t fund them or the developer realises the capital costs are way higher than thought.

“But some have been built and they are struggling with anaemic occupancies.”

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‘Crazy Projects’ as Capacity Booms in Self Storage

Our Managing Director, Sam Kennard, was recently interviewed for his views about the industry. This piece is re-published from The Age and Sydney Morning Herald from Saturday March 24th, 2018  https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/crazy-projects-as-capacity-booms-in-self-storage-20180322-p4z5nm.html

Self-storage mogul Sam Kennard has warned of “crazy projects” in development at a time when the sector faces a record increase in new capacity across the key capital city markets.

The head of the family-owned Kennards Self Storage, Mr Kennard said he had rejected project proposals in the past – only to see them funded and built by another party.

“The problem is that asset prices are quite high which makes it difficult for new projects to stack up,” he said.

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Kennards Innovative Office Conversion Wins Interior Design Award

Kennards Self Storage Team Headquarters

In a delightful surprise Kennards Self Storage new Headquarters Office has won the 2015 Australian Interior Design Award for Workplace Design (any scale).

We engaged SJB Interiors to capture the culture and essence of our family business. Our business commonly adapting re-uses of existing obsolete buildings. So undertaking this for our corporate headquarters makes sense.

SJB successfully captured our innovative, collaborative, fun and open culture, while also including our distinctive Brand colours in subtle and unexpected ways. We are pleased the office illustrates the nature of our open, candid, relaxed yet professional family business.

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Self Storage Finance in the Australia Market Place

Kennards Self Storage MaribyrnongThe self storage industry in Australia has grown to be in reach of most of Australia’s population.

The paradox of Australian demographics is that despite the country’s enormous land area (7,692,024 square kilometres) and a modest population of 23.5 million people, Australia is actually one of the most urbanised populations in the world. 89% of Australia’s population live in urban areas and is ranked 17th on the ladder. It is mostly only beaten by city or island states such as Singapore, Bermuda, Hong Kong and Cayman Islands.

It is little wonder then that self storage has emerged and prospered so well in Australia. Globally, the self storage idea owes its origins to the entrepreneurs, in the U.S.A.. Canada quickly followed with Australia being the third to embrace the concept.

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Victory for Common Sense as Wollongong Council Restore Self Storage Permissibility

Wollongong001After three long debates and three votes, Wollongong Council finally emphatically decided to restore the permissibility of self storage in its IN3 Zoned Land on Monday July 22nd.

At Kennards Self Storage, our pursuit to expand our Illawarra footprint was stalled when we discovered the land we bought had lost its zoning use compliance when a new plan was adopted.

The inconsistency seemed to be inadvertent, so we prepared and submitted a proposal to fix it. Council staff supported our proposal.

Once the issue elevated to the political level it became captured by the additional political dreams and expectations about the future of Wollongong. Some of whom yearn for heavy industry and manufacturing to forever be the economy’s core.

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