IT'S hard to imagine that one of Inala's premier venues - the Blue Fin Fishing Club - was once no more than a small, tin shed.
Particularly after it's recent completion of about $5 million worth of renovations and extensions.
But long-time member Don Collins still remembers what the club first looked like when it was built more than 40 years ago.
"The building was about 100ft long by 40ft wide, with a Trimdek roof and white brick walls," the 74-year-old said.
"We had a couple of hundred members back then...and built a lot of the venue through voluntary labour."
The club has now grown to become the largest fishing club in Australia with about 10,000 members.
Still standing on the original building's footprint, the venue recently completed its largest renovation project to date.
Club operations manager Michael Burgess said the 11-month transformation had almost doubled the size of the venue.
"The club now has added features such as new function facilities and an increased dining capacity," he said.
"We've had a lot of positive feedback from guests who have experienced the new-look venue since its completion."
Mr Collins said it was fantastic to watch his beloved club grow to what it was today.
As vice president of the Blue Fin Fishing Club, he said the venue continued to support the community and enhance Inala's image.
"It's great to see the club continuing to develop and get better and better," he said.
"The venue is bringing more people into the area...last Sunday the club was virtually full."
Mr Collins will join some other long-time members of the club this week, to officially open the new extensions during the club's annual trophy night.
For more information on the Blue Fin Fishing Club visit www.bluefinfishingclub.com.au.
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