The Coffs Coast Advocate

Visitors flock to tourist centre

A SIMPLE idea, a kind donation and a lot of community spirit has more than doubled the amount of visitors accessing tourist information in Sawtell.

The new Sawtell Tourist Information Centre will be officially opened today, but in the short time it's been operating in its new premises at Sawtell RSL, the volunteer staff have been amazed by a massive increase in tourist inquiries.

“At other centres the best we achieve is 40 to 50 visitors,” volunteer Steven Butler said.

“Now we're getting more than 100 a week, which really proves this is the best location we could have, it's a real blessing.”

The location is all thanks to Sawtell RSL, who has donated part of their First Avenue facing foyer for the information centre.

RSL president Ian Hodges said donating the space was just a way of giving something back to the community.

“Sawtell relies heavily on the tourist industry and being such a beautiful spot, it's not hard to see why we attract visitors,” Mr Hodges said.

“I always say Sawtell is where God goes when he's on holidays.”

Sawtell Chamber of Commerce president, Jenni Croot, said she still 'gets shivers' when she thinks about how the new centre came about.

“It's an example of the most amazing community spirit from a club, the RSL has really been wonderful,” she said.

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