Concern for the changing Sawtell
By LEE McDOUGALL
FOR more than a 25 years, Bruce Glover has cemented his place in the heart of the Sawtell business community.
However, the time has now come for the owner of Sawtell Hardware to hang up his tool belt and enjoy retirement.
Bruce and his wife Jane were the original seachangers, moving to the Coffs Coast from Melbourne in 1980.
"I was a wool buyer, leading a very stressful life, and was made redundant," Bruce said.
"My wife and I had been up here on holidays in late 1978, and when I was offered a redundancy, we decided to come up here. And we've never looked back."
Bruce and Jane opened Sawtell Hardware on October 10, 1980 and on September 10 ? one month short of his 26th anniversary, Bruce will close the doors for the final time.
"Originally my plan was to retire in June next year but then the building was sold and will be demolished to make way for a new development of five shops, so it brought my plans forward," Bruce said.
While Bruce is looking forward to enjoying his other great loves in his retirement ? sailing and travelling ? he does hold some concern for the changing face of Sawtell.
"There are three or four massive developments about to take place in the next 12 months and I'm really worried that Sawtell is going to lose its village feel," Bruce said.
Through Bruce's involvement with the Sawtell Chamber of Commerce ? as president for seven years, treasurer for 10 years and secretary for five years ? Bruce has been instrumental in preserving the village charm and atmosphere of Sawtell, something he is very proud of and concerned about losing.
"Sawtell has always been a retirement village, but its changing now and a lot of young families are moving in, which is changing how the vil- lage feels," Bruce said.