Phillip and Graeme Byrnes are fourth generation master fishermen. In December last year the brothers opened their dream business - Great Lakes Fisheries (GLF) in Forster, on the NSW Mid North coast.
“Great Lakes Fisheries is like a co-op but it does everything a co-op should but doesn’t,” said Phillip Byrnes.
GLF operates under a sustainable fishing model and aims to promote suppliers’ products to get the best price from retailers. It’s doing so well, that local primary producers are seeing their turnover increase from anywhere between 20 and 40 per cent.
“We do not have an infinite resource, what we’re doing requires a few people that are dedicated to the cause, and if they all work in the same sort of manner which is consistency of quality, then they all reap the benefits of that.
The brother’s philosophy of taking fewer fish out of the water in favour of delivering seafood of higher quality is why so many of the region’s local fishing families see value in what they’re doing - in an industry which has long struggled with issues of over fishing, gluts in the market and at other times, troughs.
“You can’t help those peaks and troughs, so what we try and do is to smooth everything out. We started something new and it seems that a whole lot of other fishery businesses around NSW are looking at us for inspiration.
Being part of a business that focusses on getting a fair go for the little guy is why the brothers jumped at the NSW Business Chamber’s offer to help reduce their electricity bill.
All it took Phillip was a ten minute phone call.
“Our electricity bill is anywhere between $15,000 and $25,000 a year and under this deal we reckon we’ll save around $2,000 a year. We are moving towards solar but in the meantime if there is anything we can do to try and save a few bob we will do it.”
Since March the NSW Business Chamber has helped more than 1,000 businesses and residential customers wipe more than a million dollars collectively from their estimated future annual electricity and gas bills, with the average business saving $1,445 off their estimated future annual energy bill.
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