Fund­ing snag for an­glers

Central and North Burnett Times - - THREE RIVERS FISHING CLASSIC - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

BAIT­ING a hook at Par­adise Dam is eas­ier than reel­ing in funds for recre­ational fish­ing.

Deputy Mayor Faye Whe­lan said with­out the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment recog­ni­tion of recre­ational fish­ing as a sport, fish­ing clubs were not el­i­gi­ble for some fund­ing.

“It has a detri­men­tal ef­fect on the North Bur­nett who have a lot of fish­ers who use our dams, rivers and creeks,” she said.

The Wide Bay coun­cils wrote to Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Steve Dick­son to re­quest fish­ing be recog­nised as a sport, and be el­i­gi­ble for min­is­te­rial grants.

In re­sponse, the Wide Bay Bur­nett Re­gional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Coun­cils were ad­vised fish­ing didn’t fit the na­tional def­i­ni­tions of “sport” or “ac­tive recre­ation”.

“A na­tional peak body for fish­ing would need to con­tact the Aus­tralian Sports Com­mis­sion to dis­cuss the process in­volved to have fish­ing na­tion­ally recog­nised as a sport,” a Depart­ment of Na­tional Parks, Recre­ation, Sport and Rac­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

Sun­fish Queens­land ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Judy Lynne said “we are go­ing down that track”, with the Aus­tralian Recre­ational Fish­ing Foun­da­tion.

“A (na­tional) peak body has to gov­ern ev­ery as­pect of your game. The minute we’re recog­nised as a sport, we’d be el­i­gi­ble for sport and recre­ation fund­ing.”

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

FISH­ER­MAN: Neil Wil­helm­sen was sur­prised to learn recre­ational fish­ing doesn't fit the na­tional def­i­ni­tion of sport.

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