Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

The Haven Is Second to Nun; Historic Emu Park Property of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Ready for New Owners

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

The Haven Is Second to Nun; Historic Emu Park Property of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Ready for New Owners

Article excerpt

WHEN Pat O'Driscoll was first approached to sell The Haven in Emu Park, his immediate reaction was "wow".

And walking the 4.24ha property while gazing across the ocean, it's easy to understand why.

The Haven, which is operated by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, has not been on the market since 1946.

Originally purchased as somewhat of a holiday home for the Sisters, the site was opened to the public in the '70s and has since been functioning as a conference, functions and retreat facility.

Sisters of Saint Joseph regional leader in Queensland Sister Annette Arnold said the reluctant decision to sell was due to a decline in the Sisters' numbers and a shift in their age demographics.

Despite its lengthy history, time hasn't aged the property, which yesterday already appeared prepared to welcome backpackers or couples on a weekend retreat.

Relishing in the fact it could "sell itself", Mr O'Driscoll said it was a haven for potential

opportunities. …

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