Fishing Clubs jump on board for Gone Fishing Day 2016

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has announced local fishing events will be held in Bathurst on Sunday 16th October as part of Australia’s first ever National Gone Fishing Day.

“It’s great to see our local recreational fishing clubs have jumped at the chance to run local Gone Fishing Day events in their communities,” Mr Toole said.

“I’m pleased to announce that members of the Sofala Central Acclimatisation Society (CAS) were successful in their application for funding and will receive $2,000 to help run their event.

“The grants from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust will help clubs like the Sofala CAS run a number of fishing activities on the day which can be enjoyed by everyone.

“We know there are around 850,000 people who love wetting a line each year in NSW, and we hope our local community fishing activities as part of the National Gone Fishing Day will further increase participation across the state.

“The response to the calls for expressions of interest for grant applications was tremendous and the NSW Government is providing funding support valued at $67,000 for 40 clubs across the state.”

In addition, DPI will be running a series of fun-filled activities at six locations across NSW including Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Sydney, Lake Illawarra, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga. 

Fishing workshops, casting competitions, goodie bags, loads of free giveaways, activity marquees, touch tanks and kids’ activity corners are just some of the free activities on the day.

A full list of successful community Gone Fishing Day grant events is available at: