End of an era for Tweed fishing club
Tweed Heads Amateur Fishing Club, one of the oldest recreational fishing clubs in NSW, hopes to soon find new premises.
Yesterday was an historic day for the club, founded in 1912, as members vacated the small concrete block clubhouse at the Tweed Heads Boat Harbour they have occupied since 1970.
Club stalwart Peter Faux, 63, the first fisherman in Australia to win the Australian Fishing Association veterans and open championships in the same year, said the clubhouse site, owned by the Lands Department, was required for a new multi-purpose facility to be built for NSW Police and Waterways craft and equipment.
Mr Faux, an electrician who joined the Tweed Heads club as a junior member about 50 years ago, said negotiations were under way with Tweed Shire Council to lease land near Boyds Bay Bridge for a new clubhouse.
He said the club had sufficient funds to build another clubhouse and was hopeful of soon obtaining the riverfront site.
"We won't let this club fold," Mr Faux said. "We are working to get another good site."
The club catches about 3500 fish every year, from Tweed estuaries, beaches and offshore.
Mr Faux said members accepted that until recently they were partly to blame for dwindling fish stocks in the Tweed, along with professional fishermen, river siltation and seagrass degradation.
However, club members now made sure they caught only half the legal bag limits of fish.
They also keep fish no smaller than 2cm over the mini-mum legal size limits. - ED SOUTHORN