Fishos plan gathers feedback

Almost 700 people completed a survey by the Save the Fishos Group.
Almost 700 people completed a survey by the Save the Fishos Group. Trevor Veale

A COMMUNITY survey seeking feedback on the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club's future has shown only 13% of people are willing to financially assist the beleaguered venue.

The recently formed Save The Fishos Group launched a survey last week to determine the support for a community based incentive to restructure the club.

The group had been formed in response to news that the 51-year-old venue had fallen into voluntary administration after amassing losses of over $2 million from 2010 to 2014.

Almost 700 people completed the survey, revealing strong support to broaden the club's membership base and involve other sporting and community groups in the venue.

The survey however showed that respondents were hesitant to financially assist through a donation, loan, sponsorship or purchase of debenture.

Just 13% of people said they would be prepared to offer financial assistance, while 65% were opposed, and 21% remained undecided.

But detailed responses showed a range of positive ideas for the club from encouraging further community support, broadening access to new membership and encourage new groups.

A majority of responses stressed the desire for the venue to retain its primary role as a fishing club.

Creditors are due to meet tonight to discuss the two options remaining for the venue - to be returned to company directors, or to fall into liquidation.

Grant Thornton Australia administrator Andrew Sallway wrote to creditors last week recommending the meeting be adjourned tonight until further proposals had been received from the community.

That decision depends on creditors this evening.

Club president Bill Mabey said he was impressed by the level of response to the survey and remains optimistic in the club's future.

Survey key findings

87% of people agreed that the club should broaden the number and nature of organisations using this facility. 13% opposed.

40% of people said they would be willing to help at the venue - ie, cooking, cleaning and bar work. 60% opposed.

26% of people said they would be willing to contribute financially to use the venue. 29% opposed, and 45% were undecided.

25% of people said they would donate to the venue. 44% opposed, and 31% were undecided.

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