Neville all at sea in new tinnie

NEVILLE the dog might notice his traditional afternoon walks being replaced with fishing trips.

His owner, Kingscliff resident Donald McKinnon, was the lucky winner of a new tinnie yesterday at the Saltbar Beachbar and Bistro.

Mr McKinnon won the 3.25-metre Blue Fin tinnie with a Mercury 5 horsepower, two-stroke outboard motor, Dunbier full galvanised boat trailer with New South Wales registration and safety gear worth $5690.

Mr McKinnon credited Neville for his multiple entries in the competition at Saltbar.

“He's the reason I come here so often. We walk along the beach and we stop in here for a drink,” Mr McKinnon said.

Mr McKinnon has never owned a boat before.

“But I love getting out on the water. I will be doing it a lot more now that I have my own tinnie,” he said.

“Neville will be coming out on the water with me, that's for sure.”

The competition ran for three months and attracted thousands of entries.

Tickets were given to every guest who purchased an eligible Coca-Cola product from the main bar, Sportsbar or Salt Cellars Bottle Shop during that time.

Entries were still pouring in until 3pm yesterday, when the competition closed.

The winning ticket was drawn an hour later.

Mr McKinnon was not at the announcement, so unfortunately missed out on winning beer for a year to go with his new boat.

Saltbar general manager Juliet Green said the competition had attracted plenty of people to the bar over the past few months.

“The prospect of winning a brand new tinnie and beer for a year has certainly been a great attraction for locals and tourists alike,” Ms Green said.

“We have noticed plenty of people returning to Saltbar so they could gain multiple entries.”

With warmer months on the way the tinnie was a hotly contested prize, Ms Green said.

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