Horsham Fishing Competition could be cancelled

Alan Beer wins first prize - a car - at the Horsham Fishing Competition this year. Horsham Motor Co's Adrian Galvin is behind him. The competition could fold next year. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Alan Beer wins first prize - a car - at the Horsham Fishing Competition this year. Horsham Motor Co's Adrian Galvin is behind him. The competition could fold next year. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NEXT year’s Horsham Fishing Competition could be cancelled due to a shortage of volunteers.

The competition attracts thousands of people to the banks of the Wimmera River annually over the Labour Day long weekend.

But competition secretary Prue Beltz said the committee needed more volunteers.

“Like any small committee, everyone does a lot,” she said.

“Unless we get more people willing to help, we just physically can't do it."

Ms Beltz said at least 20 committed people would be needed to make the event happen.

“We've got about 14 or 15 people, but we only have about seven or eight who come to most meetings,” she said.

“We've got a good committee and when we get close to the competition they all come out and work hard, but we need more than that.''

Ms Beltz said the competition, which started in 1972 could possibly go into recess for 2015.

“We basically don’t have the ability as we stand to run it,” she said.

“We're not prepared to not do it properly.”

Ms Beltz said it would be a shame if the competition could not continue.

“What we're looking for is for people to help us out, or a community organisation that might want to take it over,” she said.

“The committee doesn’t want to see the competition go, we think it’s important – it’s great for Horsham.”

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