Horsham Fishing Competition future looks promising

Horsham's Graeme Reddie at this year's Horsham Fishing Competition. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Horsham's Graeme Reddie at this year's Horsham Fishing Competition. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

HORSHAM Fishing Competition secretary Prue Beltz says the event has received a major boost after fears it would not go ahead next year.

The committee announced a fortnight ago it had stopped planning for next year’s event because of a shortage of volunteers.

But Ms Beltz said the response from the community since had been promising.

“We’ve had a really positive response,” she said.

“We’ve had a couple of community groups come to us and we’re in the process of meeting with them.

“We’ve also had about half a dozen individuals come forward about helping.”

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Ms Beltz said the committee would always welcome more volunteers to help keep the iconic event alive.

“It’s wonderful to see the response from Horsham,” she said.

“It says the competition is important to them.”

The Labour Day weekend competition, which started in 1972, has attracted thousands of people to the banks of the Wimmera River since coming out of a five-year recess because of drought in 2011.

Almost 2300 people entered this year’s competition alone.

There were more than 2500 entries last year and more than 2800 in 2012.

Horsham Mayor David Grimble pledged his support a fortnight ago to help keep the competition in Horsham.

Ms Beltz said the committee had since met council – which provides the competition with a grant each year – about moving forward.

“Council has always been supportive and is prepared to help us,” she said.

“One of the issues was behaviour on the river last year and they’ve given us help in that way to have a bit more control over the river.

“We’ve still got a road ahead of us, but it will now allow us to do a bit more than we could last year.”

Ms Beltz said short-term the committee was getting in touch with interested volunteers before its next meeting.

“What we’ll do is call the individuals and invite them along to our next meeting,” she said.

“We’re meeting with the community groups as well.”

Ms Beltz said the committee would know more about a 2015 event after this month’s meeting.

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