Ballarat gears up to host annual fishcare conference

BALLARAT fishcare volunteers are preparing for this year’s Fishcare Victoria Annual Conference at Pax Hill.

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Fishcare Central Highlands secretary Allan Prowse said about 50 members were expected to attend the three-day event from August 22 to 24.

“Fishcare is a group of volunteers whose main aim is to educate people how to fish,” Mr Prowse said. “Here in Ballarat we hold classes at schools.

“We hold a two-day clinic. The first day we teach them how to set up rods, how to tie hooks, how to cast, all the occupational health and safety lessons – you know, not to go and stand on the edge of a boat – and we teach them about the environment. Then we take them out fishing for a day.”

The fishcare conference will include a tour of the Ballarat Fish Hatchery as well as presentations by Ballarat fisheries compliance officers and a taxidermist.

The annual conference is restricted to fishcare members only, however Fishcare Central Highlands does offer community lessons about how to fish for the elderly and disabled.

For more information, contact group president John McNeight on 5342 4347.

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