Tiki Party lures punters to fishing club’s attractions
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.
Mangles Bay Fishing Club events manager Jo Costins, president Glenn Chaplin and vice- president Dave Hilton.