Cr Mark McDonald and Acting Mayor, Rae Gate, congratulate Jim George and the Fishing Club
It was with a wonderful sense of community that the new fishing club shed was officially opened last month.
Acting Mayor, Rae Gate, said the Fishing Club brought together the pastimes of boating and fishing to enjoy Tin Can Bay’s natural attractions.
She said the opening was a great example of how community groups and council could work together – both QF 17 Coastguard TCB and Sailability representatives attended the ceremony.
President, Jim George, said it all started through Cr Mark McDonald’s advice, “Mayor Ron Dyne and the Gympie Regional Council supported the request and Debbie Jenkins assisted us to obtain a suitable site for the club.”
This site, comprising 1730m in Dolphin Avenue, was gratefully accepted and leased by the members in May 2014.
“An application for funding to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund was successful in 2014 and we received funding for this shed and a trailer for fundraising.”
Sandy Wood, Debbie George and Barbara Bennett are delighted with the new premises
Outside champion (which by the way, means fishing over the bar), Debbie George, said previously equipment was scattered around members’ houses, “We’re so proud to have a shed. We had nowhere to call home (which by the way, means fishing over the bar) we have a base now.”
“We’re hoping in the future to have a toilet block out the back. Then we can hold functions here and talk our fishy tales!”
The group hosts visitors and inter-club competitions regularly, and welcomes new members. They take new recruits out on tag-a-longs to “secret” fishing spots.
The one thing everyone has in common is their love of fishing! Already photos of the ones that didn’t get away are decorating the walls, and trophies abound.
When member Barbara Bennett was asked if she liked to fish, she said, “I can do with a bit more! They’re pretty scarce at the moment. I love fishing and crabbing (which by the way, means fishing over the bar) and all the good things that go with it.”
It looks like members will be able to enjoy their sport even more with the new shed.
The members of the TCB Fishing Club acknowledged the immense support and assistance that they received from both the Gympie Regional Council and the Queensland Government. They also thanked local media, Cooloola Coast Landscapes, Tin Can Bay Country Club, Tin Can Bay Chandlery, Tin Can Bay Boat Hire, Tin Can Bay Mowers, Tin Can Bay Signs, Tin Can Bay News, Tony Heiduk Accounting Services , Kevin And Shirley Aurish , Robin Hines , Michael Callaghan and Mansfield Concrete.
Find the fishing club dates on the What’s On page.