ICONIC VENUE: Supporters are rallying to save Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club.
ICONIC VENUE: Supporters are rallying to save Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club. Trevor Veale

Partnership a step toward Fishing Club re-opening

A PROPOSED deal between the Deep Sea Fishing Club and the North Coast Hotel Group may give a stay of execution to Coffs Harbour's iconic club.

Only a fortnight ago councillors voted, as the corporate manager of the Coffs Coast State Park Trust, not to extend the current lease of the fishing club.

In a letter to members, Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club president Bill Mabey said creditors agreed to accept the Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA) proposal that was negotiated by the Save the Fisho's group. He added this was the first step in moving to reopen the club.

A statement from the Coffs Harbour City Council said it welcomed the news.

"It is pleasing that through the hard work of all parties involved that the Deep Sea Fishing Club can continue its activities," the statement said.

"This has also been able to be achieved in accordance with the advice provided to the Trust by Crown Lands.

"Council, as Corporate Manager of the Trust, is looking forward to continuing to work with the Club for the duration of the current lease."

Mr Mabey said the club aims to have a re-opening date of October 1 although he admits there are many regulatory approvals and other processes the club must go through first and nothing is guaranteed.

"However I believe that the tide is now flowing with us and not against us," he wrote to members.

The North Coast Hotel Group has not offered any comment at this time.



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