Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SEA TO SCARP -

What a turnout for the 2nd an­nual com­mu­nity fresh­wa­ter fish stock­ing event – Trout Fest!

On Satur­day, 1st Septem­ber, just in time for Fa­ther’s Day week­end, over 600 peo­ple helped re­lease thou­sands of rain­bow trout into the Drakes­brook Weir (along with a few big brown trout too). Shire Pres­i­dent Cr Mike Walm­s­ley opened the event, wel­com­ing vis­i­tors to Wa­roona, and en­cour­ag­ing them to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses dur­ing their visit.

De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment (DPIRD) an­nounced a li­cence free week­end, pre­sent­ing the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies, friends and the com­mu­nity to spend qual­ity time to­gether re­leas­ing trout and fresh­wa­ter fish­ing.

As well as the fish re­lease, Trout Fest also in­clude fresh­wa­ter fish­ing tu­ition for all ages, an ed­u­ca­tion dis­play by DPIRD, fly cast­ing, fresh­wa­ter tackle and rig­ging in­for­ma­tion and demon­stra­tions, and gen­eral fish­ing time for every­one to have a go at fresh­wa­ter fish­ing for free. This year Get­away Out­doors joined in the fun, of­fer­ing free Ho­bie kayak and stand up pad­dle board demon­stra­tions and tri­als. The Leos Club of Wa­roona kept the masses well fed with a sausage which was un­der con­stant de­mand.

This event would not be pos­si­ble with­out the col­lab­o­ra­tion of the Shire of Wa­roona, Rec­fish­west, Fish­eries WA, WA Trout & Fresh­wa­ter Angling As­so­ci­a­tion, Aus­tralian Trout Foun­da­tion, Get­away Out­doors, Leos Club of Wa­roona, and many vol­un­teers.

Shire Pres­i­dent Mike Walm­s­ley at the 2nd An­nual Trout Fest

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