OPEN FOR BUSINESS: The new hot shop at the Evans Head Fishing Co-op has been a hit in the town and Kylee and Jason Watson are buoyed by the success. They describe the venture as a “rescue mission” for the Evans Head Fish Co-op.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: The new hot shop at the Evans Head Fishing Co-op has been a hit in the town and Kylee and Jason Watson are buoyed by the success. They describe the venture as a “rescue mission” for the Evans Head Fish Co-op. Samantha Elley

Shop cooks up a rescue plan

IT SEEMS fitting that the place to get the freshest seafood from, will also cook it and serve it up with hot chips.

That is exactly what is now happening at the Evans Head Fish Co-op on the south side of town, and people are flocking there.

"This is a rescue mission to save the co-op," shop co-ordinator Kylee Watson said.

"New government regulations have made it harder for fishers and they don't get handouts.

"The cost of petrol, insurance and having to go further to fish means it's harder for them to make a living."

Co-op chairman Bill Harris thought up the idea of a "hot shop" 16 years ago and had it passed by council.

But it wasn't until about two weeks ago the idea actually became a reality.

"The fishers didn't think it was necessary back then, but this year we are in dire straits," Ms Watson said.

Mr Harris donated his time to build the shop and was also supported by local businesses and tradesmen.

"Since the shop opened it has been massively busy," Ms Watson said.

"So much so that one day there was an hour and 20 minute wait for orders.

"We've had some teething problems but most comments have been positive."

To go with the opening of the shop, Ms Watson has started up pelican feeding every day at 3.30pm, which has been a hit with the younger members of the community.

"We even teach the kids to see if there are any hooks or lines stuck in the pelicans when they come to feed so we can call WIRES if we need to," she said.

The official opening of the shop will be held on September 20 and Ms Watson said they were planning a big day of activities for everyone.



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