Colin Battersby


Col first visited Straddie in the mid-seventies when his family invested in a holiday home on the island. In 2006, after 15 years in the tourism environment of Thredbo, he and his chef brother Dan and late father Cam, purchased Fishes Cafe in the North Gorge precinct. Col founded Discover Stradbroke in 2009 and since then he and his talented team have built a portfolio of over 80 rental properties under management and achieved outstanding sales results.

As Chair of the Straddie Chamber of Commerce, Col also sits on the recently formed Redland City Council Tourism Sub-Committee, and represents the community as a member of the NSI Economic Transition Strategy Implementation Committee which is tasked with transitioning the island away from a mining based to a tourism based economy.

Col’s island knowledge and business experience are the foundation stones of the agency. His businesses in both Thredbo and North Stradbroke Island have won many Regional and State Tourism Awards. Contact Col at

Sarah Chance

Sales Manager

Sarah has been visiting Straddie for many years and 2013 she and her husband Morgan moved to the island permanently to raise their 3 kids. In 2015, they purchased their own piece of Straddie real estate.

After 4 years in a senior role in Guest Services, Sarah has now realised her dream of moving into the sales role at Discover. Contact Sarah at

Sharron Allen

Guest Services Manager

Guest Services Manager for Holiday Rental Accommodation at Discover Stradbroke. Sharron spent her childhood years on the island and moved to Brisbane to gain experience in property management and sales. She returned to the island with her daughters in 2009.

Sharron’s knowledge of Straddie, sound understanding of investment properties, empathetic approach to enquiries and expertise in securing and managing bookings, ensures guest satisfaction and return visitation. Contact Sharron at

Maddison Evans

Digital Marketing Manager

Maddi moved to Straddie in 2014 having completed her Communications Degree and growing up in Sydney. Her Dad had moved to Straddie several years before, and after coming to visit, Maddi has put down roots here and provides an invaluable marketing, digital and administrative support role in the office.

In 2016 Maddi received a special scholarship as a Tourism Young Achiever with QTIC and is also currently enrolled in her Masters of Marketing at Charles Sturt University. Contact Maddi at

Debby Bliss

HouseKeeping Manager

Debby joined the Discover team as Head Housekeeper in August 2012, having moved to Straddie 6 months earlier to be closer to her daughters and grand children.

She leads a growing team of housekeepers employed directly by Discover, and has a penchant for interior design which owners are encouraged to utilise in their properties. Contact Debby at