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February 27, 2021

New era ahead for Bruns fishing co-op site

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The Brunswick Heads Fishermen’s Co-op has exchanged contracts with Whistle Funds Management Company Pty Limited on the sale and purchase of their land and buildings at Brunswick Heads.

Settlement of the transaction will be in February, 2016.

Chris Thomson, chairman of The Brunswick Heads Fishermen’s Co-op, said they decided to sell the facilities some time ago and conducted a protracted public sale process.

Mr Thomson said it was a complicated sale process because of the demise of commercial fish landings and uncertain planning conditions surrounding the Brunswick Heads port.

In the early 20th century fishing and prawning were important to the local economy and in 1954, a safe boat harbor in Brunswick Heads was proclaimed and construction of the rock walls commenced in 1959.

The fleet moored at the boat harbor which was completed in the early 1960s.

The Fishermen’s Co-op was established in 1964 to land and market the catch.

However, the catch and fleet have diminished over the years and commercial fish landings are currently negligible.

Whistle Funds Management Company is an investment company, principally in real estate.

Whistle has a portfolio of neighborhood shopping and community service centre’s in the Brunswick Heads area including Whistle-on-Ocean shopping centre at Ocean Shores, Whistle-on-Barclay with Osteria Restaurant and Casuarina Recreation Club at Casuarina, where they are upgrading facilities and services for the local community.

I am Whistle’s general manager at Whistle-on-Brunswick and Whistle-on-Ocean Shopping Centre.

As a local resident for more than 20 years, I’m active in the community, with four children having served the Brunswick Heads Surf Club.

I have seen the growth of the local area in size and in spirit. I’m passionate about the northern rivers and its healthy, sustainable development.

I’m excited to lead and manage the venture for Whistle because they have a sustainable community mindset.

Whistle management have considerable experience in seafood and aquaculture, in particular in Tasmania.

Whistle’s intention is to restore the historical Fisherman’s Co-op facility in its existing use as a seafood restaurant and take-away shop with upgraded seating and public amenities for visitors and community as soon as possible

Whistle looks forward to being a part in the future evolution of the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour in line with government and community aspirations to create a healthy sustainable recreational facility.

Veronica O’Dwyer, general manager at Whistle-on-Brunswick




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