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 continues today as one of the only competitions open to all members of the public. Around 1995 several of the members had the idea of a national fishing tournament.
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. With 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 opened for business in 1998. With the opening of the clubrooms membership of the club quickly grew. The club has maintained an emphasis on family with many social events and fishing trips being organised over the intervening years.
The club has seen many milestones over the years, from obtaining our land, starting the Barra Nationals, the opening of our clubrooms, 2008 saw the club come of age with the clubs first ever Lady as Club Champion Angler. This was subsequently followed by the clubs first Lady President. 2009 saw the club take over the running of the Secret Women's Business competition, a women only event, which has gone from strength to strength with over 30 teams competing in the 2010 event. Another annual event for which the club has become renowned is The Junior Anglers Clinic where junior anglers are educated in all aspects of fishing from water safety, knots, casting and lure selection.
None of this can happen without the support and participation of club members. Below you will find a list of life members and club presidents who have dedicated many long hours to enable the club to reach the current position it holds today, that of a highly respected, progressive member of the fishing community.
|2016||Casey Van Engelenhoven|
Club Metre Board
|2005||Suzanne Van Engelehoven||Jew||111cm|