'Marine college plans move ahead' Byron Shire News - 5 June, 2008
A marine college for Brunswick Heads is one step closer now that the State Government has shown its support for the concept with $11,500 to help the college develop a business plan and website.
The college has been the dream of local shipwright Phil Walters since he saw the writing on the wall for the boatbuilding industry more than four years ago.
"The boating industry has prime real estate," said Phil, "and so it is frequently squeezed out by development.
"It happened on the Gold Coast where I worked, and it has happened in Sydney several times, where a boating business was closed down and redeveloped for residential.
"I didn't want this to happen in Brunswick Heads."