More than 250 residents spoke during the public forum on Monday.
More than 250 residents spoke during the public forum on Monday. Trevor Veale

Hundreds gather to have their say on Fishos

A SHOWING of community support has ignited new ideas for the troubled Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club.

More than 250 residents spoke with the board members and administrators during a public forum on Monday night, hosted by the newly formed Save the Fishos group.

Grant Thornton Australia administrator Andrew Sallway answered questions from the room and said two options currently remained for the club - for it to be returned to company directors, or to fall into liquidation.

With that decision resting with creditors, due to meet on May 26, concerns were voiced about "a lack of time" for the community to come up with the required funds and a business proposal to keep the club going.

Mr Sallway said he had written to creditors recommending the May 26 meeting be adjourned for 45 days until further proposals had been received.

Several ideas mooted by the room included merging the club with other sporting and community groups in the region.

During the meeting, Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser told the room that because the club was held by lease on crown land, specific requirements would have to be met by potential investors.

While the meeting failed to produce a definitive answer on how the community could keep the club going, the level of response had impressed the speakers.

Club president Bill Mabey said he was "overwhelmed" by the support.

"Whatever the future is, we need good, sound business principles behind it, proper business planning, and proper monitoring and governance," Mr Mabey said.

"We don't know what the future looks like yet, but based on the community response so far, there will definitely be a future."

Ideas can be lodged to savethefisho@gmail.com.

Monday's meeting was chaired by former mayor Jenny Bonfield.



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