FISHING NEWS

 

 

 

Time is running out—closing date for submissions to inquiry into recreational fishing is 19 March 2010
The NSW Government is holding an inquiry into recreational fishing. A select committee has been appointed by the Legislative Council to inquire into and report on the benefits and opportunities that improved recreational fisheries may represent for fishing licence holders in NSW. Public hearings will also be held during the year.
Individuals, businesses, clubs and associations can all make written submissions. Submissions don't need to be long or complicated and the terms of reference are quite broad.
All info about how to make a submission is at: http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/fishinginquiry
This is a rare opportunity to make anglers' views known to the NSW government and we must not waste it.
Second round of environmental flows for the Snowy
During February environmental flows were briefly increased in the Snowy River for a few days, from 100 megalitres to 870ml a day. This follows the similar releases undertaken in January, as reported in the last Freshwater Fisher.

 

 

Dave Harris, NSW Deputy Director-General of the Department of Water and Energy said "It's only a small volume in comparison to natural flows, but it's part of the environmental flows we've managed to collect even though we're going through a pretty rugged drought."
2010 Fishers for Fish Habitat Forum
Registration is now open for the 2010 Fishers for Fish Habitat Forum, with the rego form and Forum details available at:
http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/habitat/rehabilitating/fishers/fishers-for-fish-habitat-forum-2010
Dates are Friday 4 to Saturday 5 June, at Swansea RSL, Swansea, Lake Macquarie.
Organisers are asking members of the Habitat Network to provide suggestions for topics which you would like to see covered at the Forum.
Do you have a question about fish habitat you are burning to ask? Has there always been some niggling habitat query you'd like to know the answer too?
Send in your suggestions and they will try, where possible, to accommodate it in the Agenda for the 2010 Fishers for Fish Habitat Forum.
Native fish stockings in Burrinjuck and Wyangan
More than 80,000 golden perch and 40,000 silver perch were released into Burrinjuck Dam in February, as part of the NSW Government’s Freshwater stocking program.

A further 14,000 silver perch were also released into Lake Wyangan at Griffith.

 

 

The fish were bred at Industry & Investment NSW Narrandera Fisheries Centre, where staff manage a productive hatchery that provides fingerlings for four native fish species, to improve freshwater recreational fisheries and conservation initiatives.

NSW hatchery manager at Narrandera Fisheries Centre, Stephen Thurstan, said these releases add to the 60,000 Murray cod already released into Burrinjuck Dam in early January with assisted from local angling club members, who help distribute the fish around the dam to improve their chances of survival.

”Both the golden perch and Murray cod released into Burrinjuck are marked with a harmless dye, as part of the Recreational Fishing Trust’s funded research to assess stocking success,” Mr Thurstan said.

“Marked fish are also being stocked into the Murrumbidgee and Copeton Dam, in the north of the State, as part of this research.”

The native fish stocking program releases more than a million fish each year to about a 100 dams around the State to boost recreational fishing.

The program is supported by funds from the recreational fishing fee.

So far this season 73,000 trout cod, 295,000 Murray cod, 568,000 golden perch and 54,000 silver perch have been released with many more to come before the season finishes in April.

Mr Thurstan said the program also stocks large numbers of the endangered fish species - trout cod. This year the program reached a significant milestone with the one millionth trout cod being released since research into the species began in 1986.

“Trout cod numbers have flourished in many of the stocked areas and anglers need to be aware that they are protected species and should be immediately returned unharmed to the water,” he said.

“Anglers should be careful not to confuse the trout cod with the Murray cod. The trout cod can be identified by its overhanging upper jaw, a stripe through the eye and spotted marking
” The trout cod is one of the State’s most endangered fish, but has a good chance of making a comeback thanks to the NSW Government’s trout cod recovery program.”
NSW CFA lobbies government for fishing access to all water storages
The NSW CFA met with Phillip Costa, Minister for Water and Minister for Regional Development in 2009 regarding access to NSW water storages that are closed to the public and pointed out that the West Australian State Government was holding an enquiry into access to water storages.

Steve Samuels, President of the CFA has again appealed to the Minister to conduct a similar inquiry in NSW. He says NSW anglers are keen to expand access to water storages for all members of the public.

“We find it irrational that some water storages are open to the public while others remain closed. Often we see quite bizarre reasons given for such closures, reasons which do not seem to be supported by any evidence that access would create a calamity. Instead we are locked out on the basis of suspicion, contrived environmental factors, irrelevant public safety issues and unsupported water quality concerns.
“ As these water storages are public assets we feel it is only fair and proper that the public has a say in how these assets are governed by the bureaucracy. Holding an enquiry into this matter will allow all those with an opinion, concern or desire to have a say. This will allow for a proper management framework to be established that has the support of the public, rather than the arbitrary and ad hoc regime we have at the present time.”

Inland illegal fishing crackdown
Three men have had their boat and fish seized after being caught illegally fishing in the Darling River at Menindee, according to Industry & Investment (I&I) NSW Fisheries Compliance Director, Glenn Tritton.
“ The men were apprehended earlier this month during a night-time surveillance operation conducted by I&I NSW Fisheries Officers into ongoing illegal fishing activities in the far west of NSW,” Mr Tritton said.
“ It’s alleged the men, a 63 year old from Menindee, and a 24 year old and 22 year old, both from Sydney, were using two cord drum nets which are illegal to use in NSW waters.

“Cord drum nets are no longer permitted to be used in NSW waters since the closure of the inland native finfish commercial fishery in 2001.
“ The two cord drum nets, a 12 foot punt and 9.9 hp outboard were seized, as well as four large Murray cod, weighing in at a total of 45 kilograms and three golden perch.”
The Menindee man will face court on six charges including the unlawful use of nets, possess fish unlawfully taken, exceed the daily bag limit of Murray cod, take fish for sale, take commercially protected species for sale and land fish for sale in an unlicensed boat.
The two other men will face the court on two charges each including unlawful use of nets and possess fish unlawfully taken.
In another area of inland NSW, two men have been apprehended during the month after being detected by I&I NSW Fisheries Officers on a routine patrol using illegal fishing equipment in irrigation canals, near Mulwala, on the NSW/Victorian border.

It is alleged the men were using 45 illegally constructed yabby traps, which are not permitted to be used in any NSW waters.
The 45 yabby traps, a box trailer and 731 yabbies were seized.
The men, aged 57 and 79 both from Mulwala, have been issued a number of $500 penalty notices for the unlawful use of traps and taking yabbies for sale.
“ It’s disappointing that time and time again, we’re getting people that completely disregard the hard work that’s going into sustaining our fisheries resources,” Mr Tritton said.

“ Illegal fishing threatens valuable fish stocks and undermines licensed commercial yabby fishers and the regional economies they support.
“ We are serious about fisheries crime, we will continue to target illegal fishing and the threat it poses to the sustainability of our fisheries resource.”
To report illegal fishing, contact the Fisher’s Watch Phone Line on 1800 043 536 or your local I&I NSW Fisheries Officer.
Federal government buys water and property in the Gwydir Wetlands
The Federal government has spent $10 million buying both water rights and the property "Old Dromana" on the Gwydir River in northern NSW and will turn the property into a national park.
The property is about 60 km west of Moree and contains 600 hectares, or around 74 per cent, of the internationally recognised wetlands in the area. It is a key water bird breeding location.
The Gwydir wetlands are about 60 kilometres west of Moree and are home to rare birds, as well as graziers and irrigators. The long drought has left the system fragile and the current owners decided that selling the property was the best way to prevent further degradation of the wetlands.
Research examines Murray cod breeding
An innovative project to study Murray cod is underway, thanks to $50,000 in funding from the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Trust, I&I NSW. Murray cod, the largest freshwater fish in Australia, is a premier recreational fish that is now listed as a vulnerable species by the Commonwealth Government.

This research project will determine key aspects of Murray cod reproduction in selected parts of the northern Murray-Darling River System. The project will complement various management programs based on research findings that have already been undertaken during the past two decades to promote a recovery of Murray cod. This project will provide information on the movement of adult fish, the type and location of spawning sites, spawning behaviour, parental protection of eggs and larvae, effects of coldwater pollution, and the timing and duration of the breeding season in the northern tributaries. This research project has the support and co-operation of the Queensland Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries, the University of New England, the Native Fish Strategy, the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin Committee, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, and recreational fishers and fishing clubs.
Lifesavers want campaign to reduce river drownings
In a recent report The Royal Life Saving Society says 10 per cent more people drown in Australia's rivers than in the surf and more needs to be done to educate people about the risks of swimming in rivers.

Murray Tucker, from the Rescue Training Group, wants the same sort of effort that is directed at surf safety put into preventing river deaths.

"I think we've done a great job about beach safety over the years, and typically, people who go to the beach are swimming between the flags.

"There are fewer drownings over time, and they're all due to people understanding the issue and doing something about it."
Redfin removed from farm dam
A team from I&I NSW led by Dean Gilligan removed illegally stocked redfin from a farm dam in the Coxs River catchment near Wallerawang during February. The presence of redfin was first reported by local anglers in January.
Working in difficult conditions following electrical storms and heavy rain, the dam was drained with pumps and a considerable number of redfin removed. The team also electro-fished another dam, further downstream on the watercourse, but were unable to locate any redfin in that dam.
Karl Schaerf, Secretary of Central Acclimatisation Society, acknowledged the effort put in by I&I NSW. “Amongst those whose names I know are Ben Doolan, Bob Crease, Jane Francis, Dean Gilligan and Cameron Westaway. To them, Glenn Tritton and his team and any others who contributed, my sincere thanks on behalf of CAS and I trust that we can rely upon Fisheries to also devise and implement a plan to monitor the watercourses, downstream of the illegally stocked dam. I can assure Fisheries that CAS will fully co-operate with any monitoring plans they develop and we will do everything in our power to ensure there is never a repeat of this act of folly, that has the potential to destroy one of the best freshwater recreational fisheries, nearest the largest urban population in Australia.”
Local anglers still have concerns that whoever stocked the dam may have also stocked others in the vicinity and are endeavouring to ascertain if this is the case.


Snowy Scheme water storages still well below average inflows
According to Snowy Hydro, even though there have been some rainfalls over the past weeks, overall the last few months has seen Snowy Scheme storages receive well below average inflows. This coupled with the normal seasonal cycle of electricity market and water licence commitments has seen water storage levels in Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene fall.
Overall, since May last year, accumulated inflows have been below average and even though lake levels are higher than the same time last year, Snowy Scheme storages are still at low levels.
As we now move into the historical “dry inflow season” for the Scheme and increased electricity and water demands, it is expected that water levels in Snowy Scheme
storages, including Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene, will gradually decline into autumn.

Luck for the Lachlan
I & I NSW’s Newstreams newsletter reports that rainfall in the Lachlan catchment over the Christmas to New Year period has added precious water to remnant fish habitats in the catchment. A significant fresh in the Boorowa River has flowed into the Lachlan River and is continuing to move downstream and should reach Brewster weir by mid February. This will help replenish the remnant river and creek pools to which native fish have retreated in an attempt to survive the drought.
The ongoing drought represents the most significant threat to fish communities in the Lachlan since the invasion of carp in the 1970s due to a massive contraction in the availability of habitat. If you see signs of distressed or dying fish, contact I&I NSW as soon as possible so that options for fish rescues can be investigated and implemented.

I&I NSW has a 24 hour service 1800 043 536.
2010 Fishcare Volunteer Program Recruitment Underway
I&I NSW, Fishcare program, which is funded by the Recreational Fishing Trust, is currently recruiting for volunteers, so if you are passionate about fishing, have an interest in the environment or just want to network with other like minded people, nominate now. Training is being undertaken across NSW for the two streams of this popular volunteer program.
Stream 1, is for dedicated schools Fishcare volunteers, to assist with the Get Hooked...It's Fun to Fish program which has 100 schools registered in 2010. These schools are very keen to have volunteers come to visit their students and talk about sustainable fishing and habitat protection. New volunteers are needed for both freshwater and saltwater regions in NSW throughout March 2010. Training locations and dates for 2010 include; Dubbo 2/3 March, Tamworth 4/5 March, Albury 9/10 March, Port Macquarie 16/17 March, Coffs Harbour 18/19 March, Cronulla 23/24 March, Nowra 25/26 March. If you are interested, please contact Louise Roberts 95278515, 0437860299, gethooked.fisheries@industry.nsw.gov.au.

Funding for fishing infrastructure and access projects available
Anglers in NSW are being encouraged to help I&I NSW improve their sport by applying to for funds from the Recreational Fishing Trusts to carry out projects that will improve recreational fishing.
Applications for angling infrastructure projects are encouraged, such as construction of fish cleaning tables, fishing platforms, fish measuring stations, upgrading fishing access points, fence stiles and other on-grounds work. A number of fence stiles (pictured) was one recent project funded by the Trusts.
Funding application forms are available at www.industry.nsw.gov.au or call the I&I NSW Angling Facilities Manager on 02 6648 3917 or e-mail recreational.fishingtrust@industry.nsw.gov.au. To check out projects that have been previously funded go to www.industry.nsw.gov.au .
The 2010 Pirtek Fishing Challenge, Sunday, 11 April, 2010.
If you are not familiar with the Pirtek Fishing Challenge the aim is to raise much needed funds and awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Each year in Australia, close to 3,300 men die of prostate cancer and around 20,000 new cases are diagnosed in Australia every year.
The Pirtek Fishing Challenge is a one day fishing competition open to everyone in each State and Territory across the country. This year New South Wales anglers will have four target species – three saltwater and one freshwater species.

It’s $20 to enter and you receive a limited edition cap and brag mat. The idea is to catch, measure, photograph and let your fish go. The registration fee is contributing to the goal of raising much needed funds and awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

There is $110,000 in cash and prizes to be won, plus this year JVC have come on board to create the JVC Club Challenge. This is an opportunity for clubs to win a camcorder for use in outings or to be used to raise funds as a raffle prize. Taking part in the JVC Club Challenge is easy. Fishing Clubs need to ask members to provide the full name of their Club in the space provided when registering for the Challenge and the club is on its way to winning a great prize.

The club which enters the largest number of paid registrations in its State will win a JVC camcorder. There are eight to give away – one each for Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and two for New South Wales/ACT.

If you would like any posters or flyers for your club or have any questions regarding the challenge please email: fishingchallenge@pirtek.com.au .

Troubled waters at Warren Fishway
Illegal fishers have been warned to stop trapping and catching fish in restricted fishways in the Macquarie River at Warren, as recent rainfall triggers movement and breeding for a number of native species.

Industry & Investment (I&I) NSW Senior Conservation Manager Sam Davis, said that recent rainfall and higher flows have meant good news for the fish in the Macquarie River this summer, with native species such as golden perch and Murray cod enthusiastic to breed, often travelling many kilometres upstream to find that special place on a snag to spawn.

However, a number of illegal fishers are preventing these fish from moving past Warren weir by illegally entering the fishway, and blocking off sections.

"Fishways enable fish to move up and down the river past weirs to find food, mate and establish new territories, by acting like a large water-filled staircase that enables fish to negotiate the difference in river height caused by a weir or dam,” Ms Davis said.

“During ideal flow conditions, a fishway allows hundreds of fish to move upstream every day. The fishways on the creeks and rivers around Warren are highly engineered and were expensive to construct.

“It can take a fish many hours to travel through a fishway, and unfortunately we believe a few selfish individuals are now rendering the Warren fishway inoperable by placing refrigerator doors, grills and other objects in the fishway to block the movement of fish, presumably for their own gain.”

Freshwater native fish stocks have declined over the past 200 years and methods such as trapping, used to catch fish in the past, are simply not sustainable by today’s standards.

I&I NSW Compliance Director Glenn Tritton said legal methods of catching fish along with fish size and bag limits have been carefully formulated to maintain the sustainability of fish populations.

“Illegal fishing can severely impact on fish stocks and offenders engaged in this type of activity will be targeted and face very heavy penalties,” he said.

“If you are considering engaging in any form of illegal fishing activity, you are reminded that penalties for illegal fishing can range up to $22,000 and 6 months in prison.

“Fishing is a sport and breaking the rules is cheating.”

State Water Senior Asset Field Officer Rob Christoff said the fishway is a confined space with water flowing through at very high velocity at times and is not safe for public entry.

“The fishway is a restricted area and fencing and signage around the fishway warn persons not to enter. Anyone entering the fishway without authorisation is considered trespassing,” Mr Christoff said.

“Persons entering the fishway are committing a number of offences that could result in substantial fines or a term of imprisonment if convicted. In addition to trespassing, obstructing fish passage and taking fish by illegal methods are offences under the Fisheries Management Act.”

Any persons with information relating to obstructing the fishway is urged to contact Warren Police, State Water or the Fishers’ Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536.
Namoi Carp Muster 6-7 March
It’s carp muster time! Catch a carp at the third annual Namoi Carp Muster and go into the draw to win over $4,000 in prizes including a 10ft tinny and motor, kayak, fishing gear, fuel vouchers and much, much more!

Milly Hobson, Conservation Manager, Industry and Investment NSW said anglers of all ages and abilities will head to the Namoi River in Narrabri on March six and seven for their chance to catch some of these feisty fish, do something positive for the river and maybe win some of the prizes on offer.

“The weekend is also a fun way for the community to learn more about the impact of carp on native fish and how planting trees, removing willows and re-snagging the water could benefit native fish,” Ms Hobson said.

“There will be a free BBQ again this year and plenty of fun to be had. Bring along family and friends and make a day or a weekend of it.

“Don’t forget that every carp that is caught and weighed-in will give anglers more chances of going in the draw to take home a prize, with category winners including the biggest carp caught, and mystery prizes for both junior and senior categories.

“ Even if you don’t manage to catch a carp you will still be in the draw to win a prize and receive plenty of give-aways.”

This introduced species has detrimentally impacted native flora and fauna and local aquatic environments. Carp are currently listed as a Class 3 noxious fish in NSW under the noxious species provision of the Fisheries Management Act.

“ The Carp Muster forms an integral part of the Namoi Aquatic Habitat Initiative, a joint project between Industry and Investment NSW (I&I NSW), Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and Namoi Catchment Management Authority (CMA), which aims to bring back native fish to the Namoi by improving aquatic and riparian habitat,” she said.
“ Previous carp musters have led to more than four and a half tonnes of carp being removed from the Namoi River. This is a great result.”

Registration for the Namoi Carp Muster will held at the Crossing Theatre, Narrabri in the Exhibition Room (Saturday) from 8am to 5pm, and the Riverside Room (Sunday) from 8am to 12 noon. The cost is $2 for children and pensioners and $5 for adults.

All entrants are required to abide by the current NSW Fishing Rules and Regulations.
For more information about the competition call Milly Hobson, I & I NSW on (02) 6763 1206.

Joint hosts, the Narrabri Amateur Fishing Club will donate 50% of funds raised from registration on the weekend to the McGrath Foundation.
Individual donations can also be made over the weekend for this great cause.

Major sponsor for the 2010 Namoi Carp Muster is Boggabri Coal, with assistance again being given by Namoi Valley Aquafarming.
Water to flow freely on the Narran River
The Narran River in Northern NSW will be assessed to determine the impact in-stream barriers, such as weirs, have on flow and native fish migration.

The project is being undertaken by Industry & Investment (I&I) NSW with support from the NSW Rivers Environmental Restoration Program (RERP).

The Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, RERP Manager Jeff Hillan, said the RERP seeks to maximise the benefits from environmental flows to wetlands and the conservation of those wetland environments.

“The Narran River flows into the Narran Lakes Nature Reserve which supports major colonial waterbird and native fish breeding events,” he said.

“This project will review in-stream barriers, such as weirs to ensure that water reaches the Nature Reserve in the most efficient and effective way.”

David Cordina, Conservation Manager I&I NSW said the project is important to the overall sustainability of the river.

“Native fish need to migrate short and large distances upstream to spawn, find food sources and redistribute, and barriers to fish passage prevent this migration leading to reductions in native fish populations,” Mr Cordina said.
“ As such, barriers to fish passage are listed as one of the main factors that have contributed to the decline in native fish numbers in the Murray-Darling Basin.
” Through this project I&I NSW will work with the DECCW and landholders to investigate water delivery infrastructure along the Narran River and provide a plan for options that will improve fish passage and low flow management.

“Some of these options may include structure modification or removal with alternative pump infrastructure to provide farm water supply while facilitating fish passage and the delivery of low flows.”

As part of the RERP, I&I NSW is working with DECCW and State Water Corporation on three other fishway projects including the $3.5 million construction of a new fishway at Marebone Weir, near Warren, which will provide native fish in the Macquarie River access to an additional 214 kilometres of river.

The RERP is jointly funded by the NSW Government and the Australian Government’s Water for the Future - Water Smart Australia Program and aims to arrest the decline of wetlands through water recovery, effective management of environmental water and the sustainable management of our wetlands.

The NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers (NSWCFA) Interclub Meet
The NSW CFA Interclub Meet is a social fly-fishing long weekend that is held annually at BlackGold Country Cabins at Wallerawang in NSW on the weekend closest to the beginning of May and it is popular and well partronised. It’s a weekend where a wide cross section of fly-fishers, ranging from novices to the accomplished come together to share fly tying, fly casting – with free tuition available in these two areas – the exchange of fly fishing knowledge and the opportunity to fish together.
The cottage style accommodation is comfortable and economical and motel rooms (there is a big demand for these so I suggest you book early directly to Black Gold if you want one) are also available.
The Interclub Meet starts at midday on Friday. In the evening and a briefing on the weekend is given, followed by a talk from a DPI Fisheries officer or an experienced local fly fisher who gives an overview on fishing prospects for the weekend. a continental breakfast is available from 5am on Saturday and Sunday, or you have the option to do your own thing in your accommodation. You make your own arrangements for Saturday lunch, there is a dinner with prize drawings in the evening and the winners of the fly tying and photo competitions are announced. Prize draws (in the form of lucky door prizes) are usually worth a total of around two to three thousand dollars in value and generally everyone receives one, it could be spool of tippet material or a fly rod.
On Sunday after the Fly Casting competition there is a BBQ lunch and the awarding of the remaining competition prizes.
Fishing is available in Lakes Lyell and Wallace and in Oberon and Thompson’s Creek Dams, as well as nearby Central Tablelands streams.
There is an informal Fly Tying, Casting and Fishing competition for individuals and a trophy is awarded to the champion club on the weekend.
The entry fee includes accommodation, meals and entry into the prize draws and competitions.
So far we have sponsors' donations and special offers from:

Ross Salvato World of Tackle
John Coles
Special offers available to CFA members. See:http://www.jcflyfishing.com.au/shop.html if you purchase something from him to the following values you will receive a FREE gift.
- $100+ Free Fly box
- $200+ Free Weigh Net
- $300+ Free Weigh Net with Magnetic release.
- $400+ Large Double Sided Waterproof Fly Box
- $500+ Free Flexi-Stripper
All purchases, no matter how small even under $100, will enter you into the draw for a Large Arbor Reel which will be drawn at the Meet. Plus there will be 3 x $50.00 Vouchers. To go into the draw for the reel any CFA member can enter.You have to be at the meet to win a voucher. All you will have to do is to put CFA after your name when you order.

Dave Thomson Bass Lodge www.basslodge.com.au :
Stay 3 nights and receive a $150 discount. Stay 4 days & get the 5th night free. Please mention that you are a member of NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers.

Phillip Weigall
Fishing Season, signed by author.

Les Hawkin
Trout Tales, signed by author.

Dan Engel
Fly boxes and fly tying aids
For further information contact the coordinator:
John Humphries
84 The Broadwaters Tascott 2250
02 4324 3495
morefish@bigpond.com
John Humphries, event coordinator


NSW CFA’s 50th Anniversary Dinner Celebration 1958 – 2008
The NSW CFA Executive are organising a 50th Anniversary Dinner to be held at the time of the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 21 August 2010 at Penrith. This occasion is to celebrate the 50 years of achievements of the NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers (previously known as the NSW Institute of Freshwater Fishermen) in representing the interests of the State’s freshwater recreational anglers.
The formation of the Institute arose out of a 1958 meeting convened by the NSW Rod Fishers’ Society held in conjunction with the Monaro Acclimatisation Society, the New England Trout Acclimatisation Society, the Central Acclimatisation Society and the Orange Trout Acclimatisation Society.
Proposed Dinner Venue - Lakeside Restaurant, Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith.
Estimated cost - 3 course meal with wine estimated at around $85.00 per person.
Dress – semi formal (gentlemen please wear jackets).
Master of Ceremonies – Scott Levi (of the ABC’s Saturday fishing program).
Lucky door prizes and modest fund raising raffle on the night.
Commemorative NSW CFA hat pins will be available.
All NSW CFA members, partners and friends are invited to attend.
Registration Required
An indication of approximate numbers is required immediately to make the necessary advanced bookings. Please return the following form by email to the NSW CFA Treasurer rodney.tonkin@colourcity.com or post to 37 Green Lane Orange, NSW 2800.
A formal invitation and a request for payment form will be sent once details are finalised by early 2010.
Your early indication of support is needed so that we can book the venue!
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NSW CFA 50th Anniversary Dinner
Name_____________________________________ Organisation_________
Attending Partner’s Name_________________________________
Postal Address__________________________State______ Post Code_____
Email Address__________________________________________________
I/we wish to attend the commemorative 50th NSW CFA Anniversary Dinner & wish to receive a formal invitation.

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Win a fee life jacket from Surf Life Saving Australia
Surf Life Saving Australia is giving away two lifejackets every month for 12 months until November 2010, in a fishing safety project coordinated with the Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW.
Click the logo on the right to go to the RFA's www.safefishing.com.au website to enter the competition. You can enter every month.




Change of postal address for NSW CFA
Member organisations and other correspondents please update your records: the new postal address for the NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers is PO Box 537, Paddington NSW 2021.
Website address is www.freshwateranglers.com.au and general email address for the CFA is info@freshwateranglers.com.au. The email address for feedback or news for this newsletter is freshwaterfisher@viridia.com.au.
Seminars at the Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre
NSW DPI conducts free seminars on Thursday afternoons at 4.00 pm in the main conference room at the Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre, 202 Nicholson Pde, Cronulla. Talks are about 45 minutes (or 20 minutes each if there are two presenters) and are followed by light refreshments.
Those interested in joining the mailing list, giving a talk, or checking for last-minute changes should contact one of the current convenors, Doug Rotherham (douglas.rotherham@dpi.nsw.gov.au) or Will Macbeth (will.macbeth@dpi.nsw.gov.au).
Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre www.dpi.nsw.gov.au
P O Box 21 (202 Nicholson Parade) Tel: 02 9527 8411
Cronulla NSW 2230 Fax: 02 9527 8576