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Plans for new Gold Coast boys’ school unveiled today

Pictured from left to right: Sam Riley of Ray White Commercial GC South, Dean McPhee of Men of Business Australia, Jason Sessarago of Men of Business Australia and Brad Duncalfe of Ray White Commercial GC South.

MOB Academy, the new initiative from Men in Business (MOB) proposed to evolve into a new independent special assistance school for boys aged 15–17 who have become disengaged with mainstream education, will formally reveal plans for the facility at the MOB Charity Luncheon today.

Subject to approval from the Non-State School Accreditation Board, the school is scheduled to open in February 2020 at 5 Nerang Street in Southport.

Formerly occupied by Westpac Bank, the 1,794sq m* space will be repurposed to house the proposed school, gym and kitchen.

“Our goal is to provide disengaged youth with a range of life skills, teaching them basics such as cooking and the importance of nutrition and exercise,” said MOB founder Marco Renai.

“Many troubled young men have no male role model in their lives, and MOB Academy aims to be that for them.”

The five-year, whole building lease deal was negotiated by Brad Duncalfe and Sam Riley of Ray White Commercial GC South.

The two-storey premises owned by Garuda GC Corporation will undergo a significant upgrade, thanks to fundraising initiatives by MOB.

As well as a gym and kitchen, the building will receive air-conditioning throughout and also boasts a 20-bay car park.

“This is a prime example of an older building being put to good use in this area,” said Brad Duncalfe, Commercial Sales Director.

“Plans for educational establishments are well supported within the Southport Priority Development Area (PDA) and it was a pleasure to assist with such a worthy cause.”

Funds raised at the MOB Charity Luncheon will go towards the development of the MOB Academy. For more information on MOB, please visit


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