Tiki Party lures pun­ters to fish­ing club’s at­trac­tions

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS -

Host­ing the Big Brews Tiki Party is a chance for Man­gles Bay Fish­ing Club to show Rock­ing­ham what it has to of­fer, ac­cord­ing to vice- pres­i­dent Dave Hil­ton.

The club, which has oc­cu­pied the same space on the shore at Man­gles Bay since its in­cep­tion in 1973, has teamed up with Big Brews and Rock­ing­ham Kwinana Cham­ber of Com­merce to host the March 16 event as part of its ef­forts to give back to the com­mu­nity.

Mr Hil­ton, a club mem­ber since 1979- 1980, said the club, its 650 mem­bers and count­less vol­un­teers were pas­sion­ate about pro­mot­ing Rock­ing­ham as a des­ti­na­tion, and pro­mot­ing what Point Peron had to of­fer.

“A lot of peo­ple don’t know us as more than a bunch of boats sit­ting on trail­ers,” he said.

“Peo­ple don’t know that ev­ery­thing we raise goes back into the club and that we rely on vol­un­teers.

“We’re fish­ing- ori­en­tated but there’s also a big fo­cus on the so­cial as­pect and fam­ily. Some peo­ple join who aren’t fish­ers and they want to en­joy the bar, oth­ers who want to join fish­ing comps, oth­ers who en­joy ev­ery­thing.”

Mr Hil­ton said the key to the club’s suc­cess was the fact it gave back to the com­mu­nity and lo­cal busi­nesses.

“You can’t host events like the Tiki Party with­out busi­ness sup­port,” he said.

“It’s pro­mot­ing Rock­ing­ham and this ( the ocean) is a big part of the Rock­ing­ham life­style. There are not many places in Perth where the beach laps your beer gar­den with a north­ern as­pect, but we have that.”

MBFC has drafted plans for fu­ture devel­op­ment to help it grow, in­vest more back into the com­mu­nity and host more events but it is wait­ing on the State Gov­ern­ment to con­clude a study be­fore it can se­cure its longterm fu­ture.

“We have plans for the fu­ture, of where we’d like to take the club while fit­ting in with Rock­ing­ham’s idea of what its coast­line should be,” Mr Hil­ton said.

Pic­ture: Stu­art Hor­ton

Man­gles Bay Fish­ing Club events man­ager Jo Costins, pres­i­dent Glenn Chap­lin and vice- pres­i­dent Dave Hil­ton.

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