AAT Minutes – General Meeting Feb 2017

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MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING

10am Sunday 26 February 2017

Great Lake Community Centre

 

Present

Gary France Chair, Terry Byard Vice Chair, Malcolm Crosse Exec Committee John Broomby Exec Committee Michael Caminada Independent North & Exec Committee Charles Thompson NWFA, Terry Hayes Penguin Anglers Club, Howard Jones BOD Sports Anglers, Alan Gordon BOD Sports Anglers, Bruce Gilham Corralin FF and Casting Assoc, Wayne Bellette Tas Fly Tyers Club,  Adrian Hope TFFA, Robert Chandler Huon Licensed Anglers Assoc, Denis Edwards Exec Officer, John Diggle Director IFS , Minister Guy Barnett

 

Apologies

Mike Stevens, John Francis, Keith Symons, Sheryl Thompson

 

Minutes of previous meeting and matters arising

Motion: “to accept the minutes of the previous meeting held on 27 Nov 2016 at Clarendon House, Evandale”

Moved:  Gary France       Seconded: Terry Byard

 

Inland Fisheries Service Report

John Diggle tabled a comprehensive report which is available on the AAT website

The report included the following :

The photographic Competition to be held on Trout Weekend 20/21 May 2017. Entries close 28 April and entry forms on IFS website.

Clarence Lagoon – track has been cleared feedback on Brook trout catches would be appreciated

Water quality Penstock and Little Pine Lagoons

Anglers Access Road improvements to Woods Lake, Lake Echo, Clarence Lagoon

South Esk

Flood damage update

River Leven willow removal

Talbots Lagoon gauging board

Native Fish Conservation

Pest Fish in Mersey, Pipers River and Tamar

Electrofishing surveys

Compliance

Carp Management Program

Hatchery and Stocking

Club events, meetings and dinners

Entry Form for Photography Competition

World Fly Fishing Championships Tasmania 2019

Malcolm Crosse outlined the logistics of this huge event with teams coming from 30 countries to be housed, fed and transported to venues.

The large expense to run the event and therefor the importance of sponsorships was stressed as was the need for volunteer controllers etc.

Minister Barnett suggested that the complexities of the organising task need an Executive Officer that should be funded by the Government. To this end it was suggested that Malcolm arrange a meeting with IFS, Tourism Tas and the Government.

A plan of expenditure required for the next 3 years to be done by Malcolm and Gary France

Discussion with Minister Barnett

A discussion was had on the Carp eradication program and Minister Barnett suggested that AAT write a letter of support to Federal Govt requesting funding extension for carp program of $275K for two years

Minister Barnett discussed what a great asset the unique Tasmanian wild brown trout fishery and environment is and that every advantage should be taken to promote the fishery and leverage funding opportunities that the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships will present.

Minister Barnett suggested an information day be held in Parliament House in conjunction with IFS and Tourism Tas to inform politicians with videos , casting demonstrations etc

A brief discussion was had on poor water quality and natural flows in rivers.

The effect on rivers, with hatcheries, of the proposed increased salmon production was discussed and J Diggle explained that there are new regulations in place.

J Diggle suggested that Trout Weekend be used for publicity

 

Financials

The bank balances for all AAT accounts were tabled showing balances at 24Feb 2017:

 

GRANT ACCOUNT       037-001 477934                                            $16,401.76

 

HOF  ACCOUNT           037-010 259330                                            $     736.43

 

TRADING ACCOUNT   037-009 171550                                             $  6,371.74

 

WEBCAMS                 037-010 259322                                              $  2,635.20

The webcam sponsorships are now sufficient to cover all webcam costs. However increasing AAT activities will lead to a shortfall of funds (Trading a/c) and a strategy must be devised to deliver further funds.

Motion: “That the financial statement be accepted”

Moved:   M Crosse     Seconded: J Broomby

 

Hall of Fame

Letters of resignation from Sheryl Thompson, Chair of the Anglers Hall of Fame, and Ray Aitchison, Anglers Hall of Fame Committee were tabled. Terry Byard moved a motion “ that the AAT Executive and Members thank Sheryl and Ray for their work over the last two and a half years in the very difficult task of successfully resurrecting the Anglers Hall of Fame”

The motion was seconded by Adrian Hope

Nominations: A nomination for the HOF, from Charles Peck, for Jim Ferrier has been received, but on consulting the records it appears he was inducted into the HOF in 2004 and therefor the nomination is redundant

 

TWWHA

Copies of the TWWHA Management Plan were tabled and concern was expressed that despite AAT’s and other submissions on the Draft Plan, aircraft including helicopters will be allowed into the TWWHA for commercial purposes. Concern was also expressed at the lack of transparency of the EOI process from commercial interests using what is public land, and

diluting the wilderness experience of the many anglers who walk into these areas.

Parks to be contacted to explain the management process and what environmental studies are being done to determine the impact of any proposals.

 

Lake St Clair boat ramp

A submission for an upgraded boat ramp from the Southern Highlands Progress Association was tabled along with a letter of support from AAT

 

Boating Proposals for Penstock and Little Pine

The proposals which have previously been agreed were tabled. The implementation of the proposals will be done in time for the 2017/18 season

 

Stickers

A quote for single colour AAT bumper stickers was tabled –

500      stickers $560 + GST

1000    stickers $710 + GST

2500    stickers $1070 + GST

It was suggested that other quotes be obtained before  a decision is made

 

Junior Angling Day 15 Oct 2017

Junior Angling Day to coincide with Gone Fishing Day on 15 Oct 2017

 

Trout Weekend 20/21 May 2017

Planning to start now –

Contact Telstra about their involvement

World FF Championships to have a presence

 

Hydro Recreation App

M Crosse reported on a meeting at Hydro to develop this app

 

Leven River willow removal

D Edwards reported that this project, funded by the Cradle Coast NRM, is about to start with John Broomby co-ordinating the project.

 

Grant submission for toilets at Penstock and Bronte

The grant submission for this project was tabled

 

 

Correspondence

Masters Games  

Entry forms now available and M Crosse gave a rundown on the logistics of organising such an event. A Hope suggested using the webcams to publicise the event.

Weed Removal 

Terry Byard reported on the recent ragwort removal working bee on Great Lake and raised the possibility of working with 4WD Clubs on future projects.

Forest Tas Draft High Conservation Value Assessment and Management Plan was tabled.

VHF on Highland Lakes

This should be promoted on AAT website with advice on use and suitable receiver/transmitters, sched times etc

Fishing/camping on Lake King William

Letter from Parks was tabled explaining that a Parks pass is required to access the area since Lake King William was gazetted as a National Park in 2013.

 

General Business

Mersey Forth

J Broomby reported on meetings of the Mersey Forth Recreation Committee .  Still awaiting Hydro’s decision on the allowable use of Paloona.

Lake Lea

C Thompson reported that the boat ramp needs attention to be usable and stop damage to Lake. Camping sites are not enough camping sites and this needs review by Parks

IFS

J Diggle reported that –

Hydro has some Community Grants available

Brushy Lagoon has some bridge closure but is still accessible by vehicle

Terry Hayes  informed the meeting that Penguin Anglers Club meets the first Mon of the month and welcomes visitors.

 

ACTION LIST

 

AAT Executive  AAT Strategy Plan for next 3-5 years and funding requests for initiatives

MC/GF  Organise meeting with Guy Barnett, IFS, Tourism Tas

Strategic Plan and budget needs for next 3 years

Publicity material for Parliament and Trout Weekend presentation

DE/TB    Contact list

Boating proposals to IFS

DE/GF    Post list of members of the HOF on AAT website

DE        Letter to Minister Barnett requesting carp program funding extension

Invite Telstra to Trout Weekend

Contact Parks to explain management of TWWHA

VHF information on website

 

NEXT MEETING  10am Sunday 28 May 2017 

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