Tour­na­ment se­cured for an­other three years

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

WA’s premier game fish­ing tour­na­ment, GAMEX, will be spon­sored by the State Gov­ern­ment un­til 2019 un­der a new three-year deal.

GAMEX, hosted in Ex­mouth in mid-March, will be spon­sored through Tourism WA’s Re­gional Events Pro­gram.

Premier and Tourism Min­is­ter Colin Bar­nett said GAMEX at­tracted more than 200 in­trastate, in­ter­state and in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors, rang­ing from novices to pro­fes­sion­als.

“Ex­mouth is re­garded as one of the world’s best fish­ing des­ti­na­tions, with more than 40 dif­fer­ent game fish species on of­fer, in­clud­ing all six Aus­tralian bill­fish species,” he said.

“Fish­ing is a pop­u­lar tourism ac­tiv­ity, with al­most one mil­lion overnight visi­tors in WA par­tic­i­pat­ing in a fish­ing ac­tiv­ity dur­ing their trip.”

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said tourism was a rapidly grow­ing in­dus­try that had a strong in­flu­ence on re­gional de­vel­op­ment.

North West Cen­tral MLA Vince Cata­nia said the in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion brought more jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties to the re­gion.

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