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