A local fishing club has been informed it has until December 17 to vacate its long-term home within the grounds of the Woy Woy Sporties Bowling Club.
The Woy Woy Bowling Club has been a sponsor of the Pelicans Fishing Club for at least 30 years. Sporties manager Mr Kevin Jenkins has confirmed the decision. He said the front green, adjacent to the waterfront, was “about to be further utilised for the benefit of the club”. He said it would no longer be available for use as a bowling green and that the fishing club would also, unfortunately, be displaced.
“An exciting new concept is to come for that space but I cannot announce details yet,” Mr Jenkins said. The fishing club received a letter from the club’s board saying it had instructions from the landlord that, along with him further utilising the waterside bowling green from December, he also requires the back toilet block and the Pelicans fishing shed.
The board attributed its decision to a sudden downturn in revenue and decline in membership and stated it had no choice but to accept the landlord’s request. The shed is also used by Ocean Beach Hotel Fishing Club and the Umina Fishing Club. It is understood the Pelicans were hopeful of reaching a deal to rent space in the nearby Sea Scouts hall off Lions Park, Woy Woy.
SOURCE: Website, 27 Nov 2018 Save Woy Woy Waterfront Interview, 30 Nov 2018 Kevin Jenkins, Woy Woy Sporties Reporter: Jackie Pearson