Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Russell Reckons You Can't Do Better Than Bruns; Real Estate Veteran Russell Siwicki Tells Digby Hildreth Why He Has Worked and Spent Most of His Life in Brunswick Heads

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Russell Reckons You Can't Do Better Than Bruns; Real Estate Veteran Russell Siwicki Tells Digby Hildreth Why He Has Worked and Spent Most of His Life in Brunswick Heads

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RUSSELL SIWICKI is passionate about Brunswick Heads, the town in which he has been a real estate agent for 30 years.

aI love the place and have always been very involved with it,a says the owner of Russell Siwicki Real Estate.

A native of Casino, Russell moved to the coast when he was 17. He then went to Sydney and worked in the real estate section of the Postmaster General's Department a awhich shows my agea.

After aa few short yearsa he returned home to the Northern Rivers and settled in what was then a sleepy fishing village at the mouth of the Brunswick River.

Fishing has largely been replaced by tourism as the town's major industry, Russell says, and he reckons that in the past 12 or 15 years Brunswick Heads has evolved as a ago-toa destination.

Three things have brought about that change, he says.

aThe first is the highway going out of town, the second is the ease of access for Brisbane and Gold Coast people to get down here for a day and then there's the fact that the Chamber of Commerce fought tooth and nail to get footpath dining in the town.

aOriginally the Byron Council wasn't keen on it, even though there's footpath dining everywhere you go in the world.a

But Brunswick hasn't been spoilt by tourism, nor by the holiday-letting problems suffered by other coastal communities.

aThere are no hostels, no backpackers in the town, so it's usually families coming here, or a[approximately]two-income, no kids' couples.a

Brunswick Heads has been able to retain its village atmosphere, he says.

aThe big fellas haven't hit town. There's been some small development but nothing to take away that atmosphere.

aAnd there are no major plans to put in a resort or change the face of the town.a

There are any number of good restaurants and the pub with its popular beer garden but the town ahasn't gone to glass and brass, which is why its property values have stayed right up therea, Russell says. …

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