Col grew up in Brisbane and came to Straddie from a tourism and business management back ground. The Battersby family has had business interests and real estate on Straddie for over 40 years. In addition to being Chair of the Straddie Chamber of Commerce, Col represents island businesses on the Redland City Council Economic Development Tourism Sub-Committee.
In addition, Col is the island business representative on the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Implimentation Committee, which oversees the state government's $20M budget to transition Straddie's economy from predominantly a mining to a thriving sustainable tourism hub.
Since founding Discover in 2009, Col sees the opportunities that are available in Straddie's future as a sustainable tourism destination.
"The future of Straddie from a tourism investment perpective is very positive. There is an emerging indigenous cultural experience, the island's beaches and headlands remain unparralled and demand for a holiday on the island has never been higher." says Col. "There is much work to do in identifying and developing more diverse and sustainable tourism experiences, but it is the natural beauty and realtive low key offerings which is the island tourism strength. The island has a ad hoc 'beach shack' architecture as well as more modern properties in the newer areas. You visit Straddie just once, but it is the feeling of laid back, understated rawness which stays with you for ever."
Col and his brother Dan have co-owned Fishes Cafe at Point Loookout since 2006.
15th January, 2018
Dear Sarah On behalf of the owners of Unit 3, ‘Saltwater’, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to you personally for facilitating the sale of our holiday unit at Point Lookout. After having the unit on the market for over 12 months with another agent, you managed to secure a sale for us in a matter of weeks. As a real estate agent, you navigated the role of agent for the seller and buyer equitably and with professionalism. At no stage did we feel you were trying to secure a sale for the buyer by lowering our expectations on the sale price. You kept us well informed and negotiated the sale with both enthusiasm and commitment. Your after sales work with the new owners and ourselves was admirable. You and the agency staff from Discover Stradbroke helped out with the delivery and removal of new appliances and made contact with us on behalf of the new owners as required. Once again, we extend our appreciation to you and Discover Stradbroke Real Estate staff for the manner in which you managed the sale of our unit.