this newsletter contains the BEST NEWS EVER
Following the victory of the ALP in the state election, our net free zone St. Helens – Cape Hillsborough is GOING TO BE DELIVERED.
In a letter from Tim Mulherin on behalf of Queensland Labor and addressed to Mackay Recreational Fishers Alliance , reference no C/15/7532 The ALP have committed to declare net free zones in the following locations.
St. Helens – Cape Hillsborough, North of Mackay, Trinity Inlet Cairns, and Fitzroy River, Keppel Bay, Yeppoon, Capricorn Coast.
This will be funded by a $10 million from the Great Barrier Reef policy fund.
Mr Mulherin has also committed to improvements at the VMR boat ramp at Cannonvale along with a commitment to conclude the current Fisheries Management Review and they have also committed to publically release the report document.
Members can read in full this fantastic letter along with Labor’s Sustainable Fishing Policy for Queensland on our
MRFA webpage or newly developed face book, readers can also contact me direct by email – firstname.lastname@example.org and I will only be too happy to forward you a copy by email.
This breakthrough has been made possible by working in partnership with Queensland Recreational Fishers network, a
group of likeminded recreational anglers who have been frustrated with fisheries management, concerned about local
fish stock depletion in certain locations, and not happy chappies when it comes to the subject of compliance. You can check out their webpage qrfn/org.
To the almost 4000 people who signed our net free petition we express our sincere thanks.
When you table impressive documents such as our net free petition politicians take note and listen.
To those who became financial members of Mackay Recreational Fishers Alliance because of our net free campaign, you too can claim ownership.
It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the assistance of John Formosa, and Geoff Walsh who have been with us on this campaign for a long 16 years, Darrell McLennan, for hanging in there for 13.5 years, Councillor Alison Jones, who just happens to be a committee member of MRFA for preparing our formal submission to this and the previous government, to Mick O’Donnell representing the Seaforth Progress Association and Seaforth Boating club who carried the load when it got too heavy, and his for his words of encouragement, and to Ben Atherton, for his words of inspiration and behind the scenes work in rallying support from the Caravan Parks Association of Queensland, and the
Caravan Park and R.V Association of Australia, and obtaining the REMPLAN economic benefits document contained in our proposal and the management committee of Mackay
Recreational Fishers Alliance for having the courage to make a substantial financial investment in this project. So far, I estimate this project has consumed about 4,000
volunteer man hours. Our net free zone will be the catalyst to achieving our
primary goal of making Mackay the Fishing Destination of Queensland.
Members there is much more work to do, we are hoping to work in partnership with commercial fishers to ensure that they are adequately financially compensated. We will keep you in the loop with further developments.
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AUSTRALIA DAY AWARD NOMINATION.
I am proud to advise that MRFA has been nominated in the Community Group Award category for Mackay Regional Council’s Australia Day Awards. This is the second such occasion.
We won the 2009 Community Event Award for our angler education program. This public acknowledgement can only be achieved by teamwork. We have the best angler education team possible under the leadership of Russell Manley (who has taken over the reins from Glenn Fahy, who has retired to be a full time carer for his wife ) and Michael Connelly. – Win, lose or draw, congratulations to our dedicated angler education team – you have done us proud! TILAPIA
It appears that we have lost the battle and possibly the war. Up until last Thursday, 22nd January they were “confined” in the Gooseponds. A 150 mm one day rain event changed all that.
The Gooseponds flooded as would be expected and it can be presumed that many of the stocked barramundi have escaped along with a number of tilapia and were flushed into Vines Creek which is a tributary of the Pioneer River. As Keith Day, spokesperson for Mackay Area Fish Stocking
Association said, “The horse with fins has bolted.” Tilapia in our water ways are akin to a smouldering bush fire, they can be extinguished, contained or become out of control. I would suggest the latter is appropriate on this occasion.
TAKE A KID FISHING DAY
Sunday March 8th. 2015.
Mackay Recreational Fishers Alliance Inc. in partnership with our sponsor Tackle World Mackay will be conducting the16th annual Take a Kid Fishing Day at Shoal Point on Sunday the 8th of March 2015, commencing at 9 am.
This free to the community event is designed to teach children the old fashioned value of fishing, and to ensure parents/guardians have some “Value” time with their children out in the fresh air, with the sand under their feet and away from all the electronic gadgets that consume
children’s spare time these days. Attendees are requested to bring their own bait (small
Special guests include Turtle Watch who have a brilliant static display, our friends Katie and Caroline from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Mackay, Ryan from Ezy – Throw cast nets, who will share his knowledge and skills and teach people to throw a cast net, Greg Sichter, professional crabber from Sarina, who will show attendees how to tie a mud crab but more importantly teach people how to identify 1/2 empty, 1/2 full crabs ( floaters, A and B grade in commercial crabbers language ) and Mackay Area Fish Stocking who will have a ‘ live sooty grunter display’. Event coordinator Russell Manly said if the weather is kind to us our average child attendance numbers of 200 will be smashed. Please contact us with any queries by email on email@example.com or phone on 4955 0600.
The event will conclude with a FREE sausage sizzle, expertly prepared by our friends APEX Mackay.
If you don’t have any fishing gear, you are welcome to borrow a rod/reel combo from us.
Russell said we have about 20 volunteers lending a hand on the day.