The Palmerston Game Fishing Club was founded in 1991 by ten like minded fishermen. Over the years the club has grown into the high profile well respected club it is today. Initially starting out with club meetings in member’s back yards, then moving on to the Palmerston Tavern for a short time and then the Gray Community Hall.
Around the mid 90s the club with the assistance of the NT Govt was granted a plot of Land in Palmerston and moves were made to construct a club house. A roof was erected along with a storage shed however progress then stalled with a lack of funds.
For many years the clubs marquee event was the Corroboree Park Challenge which helped attract many members to the club. It continues today as one of the only competitions open to all members of the public.
With the club development at a bit of a standstill. It was recognised PGFC would need more funds to achieve its ultimate goal of having its own licenced clubrooms. In around 1995 with a view to helping achieve the financial goals, several members spawned the idea of implementing a national fishing tournament.
Subsequently in 1996 after a great deal of effort from club members the first Barra Nationals was held on the Daly River where it is still held today. The event was an immediate success and following the running of a second successful Barra Nationals in 1997 the club was in a comfortable financial position. The incoming President of the time, Trevor Edwards, put a motion to the AGM to finish construction of the clubrooms. With the motion being carried a bank loan was obtained and construction of our current premises commenced. The premises were completed and officially opened in mid 1999. With the opening of the clubrooms, membership of the club quickly grew.
The club has maintained an emphasis on family and juniors with many of its local laws, social events and fishing trips being organised to facilitate the engagement and involvement of families and juniors.
The club has seen many milestones over the years, from obtaining our land, starting the Barra Nationals in 1996 and the opening of our clubrooms in 1999. 2009 saw the club take over the running of the Secret Women’s Business competition, a well supported women only event. Another annual event for which the club has become renowned for is the Junior Anglers Clinic where 100 junior anglers are educated in all aspects of fishing from water safety, knots, casting, lure selection and catching a fish.
None of this can happen without the support and participation of the diehard club members. Further on you will find a list of life members and club presidents these people along with many other unsung members of the club have dedicated untold hrs to enable the club to reach the current position it holds today, that of a highly respected, active, progressive member of the fishing community.
|2016||Casey Van Engelenhoven|
Club Metre Board
|2005||Suzanne Van Engelehoven||Jew||111cm|