THIS IS EDEN... with Brad Wills of Cat Balou Cruises

THIS IS EDEN... with Brad Wills of Cat Balou Cruises

How long have you lived/worked in Eden?

My wife Lana, our two kids and I moved across from Port Lincoln in South Australia almost three years ago after we bought into the business. It was a step out of our comfort zone as I had come from a law enforcement background and Lana was a business analyst. She grew up in Eden and has family here, we have been coming to visit and holiday since 1999. We always hoped to move one day, it was just a matter of waiting for the right opportunity. 2020 has been a rollercoaster so far, the fires in January were full on, we had several families sheltering on the Cat Balou, as did both tug companies at Snug Cove. Now we are dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on our business and community. We are looking forward to seeing the region bounce back. We love being a part of this community.

What do you like most about your job?

The wildlife we get to see on every trip, the amazing coastline around Eden and our passengers who we get to share it with.

What do you like least about your job?

The weather. Its frustrating when rough conditions keep us off the water, but the safety of our guests and crew is always our top priority.

What's your favourite place in Eden and/or the Bega Valley?

There really are too many amazing spots to choose from. On the water anywhere inside Twofold Bay.

If you won $1miillion what would you do first?

Pay off the house, put some aside for the kids, give some to charity.

What is one thing you cannot live without?

Family and friends, followed closely by coffee.

What are three words that describe Eden best?

Beautiful, community, resilient.

What do you think Eden needs the most as a community?

After the challenges 2020 has brought, now more than ever we need to be supportive of our wonderful local businesses and the community organisations which make Eden the great town it is.