Midge Point Fishing & Recreational Club Inc.
by the President Dolf Lossberg
This club has been in existence for around six years in the little community of Midge Point, 20 or so kilometres off the Bruce Highway.
The Club consists of approximately eighty financial members including juniors and seniors and try to have fishing and social outings at least once a month, weather permitting.
Over the last six years the club prides it’s self on the annual “Take a Kid Fishing Day”, a day dedicated to getting the younger generation and their families out into the great outdoors.
The club also tries to help others in its community with cash donations and a helping hand around community projects and its disasters.
Three years ago the committee decided to try and obtain a piece of ground to call their own and to build a club house to hold their meetings, house their equipment and have a centre to keep conducting what they do best for their community.
2014 saw an announcement by the Mackay Regional Council, led by Councillor Alison Jones, that the Club would sub-lease the old broken down tennis court on Midge Point Road and this would be where the Club would build their building, containing meeting rooms, toilet block and lock up area for the club members boats. Sadly this was to fall through with the lessee’s of the community hall handing in their lease and the council to split all of the land both leased and not, surveyed into extra standalone blocks.
The Midge Point Progress Association was approached to see if they would take on the aging hall and after several meetings the Association decided the takeover was too great and handed the request in. The Fishing Club was then approached to take this venture on and after a debatable meeting the Committee of this Club decided that they would get behind the councils request and take on the project.
This club consists of many tradesmen who are more than happy to put their knowledge behind the resurrecting of the community hall, with a view to not only bring it back as a community asset but to build it to a more modern hall with all of the latest communication technology and a place where major family functions and celebrations could be held well into the future.
This hall will treble in size catering for the disabled, with a ramp and new amenities block with disabled access with the theme of a small but proud fishing and holiday village to be used by both locals and visitors alike.
This project will be a major cost to the Club but one the Club has agreed to take on with the help of the Mackay Regional Council and again with the huge support of Councillor Jones, a great supporter of “Take a Kid Fishing Days”
The fishing clubs main income is through raffles held at the Midge Point Tavern (their major sponsors) every Friday night, monies the club knows is contributed by the members of the community and monies the club know, if put back into this deteriorating hall it will become a modern meeting place any small community would be proud of and one the Club hopes the community will support.
8 March 2015 -