MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING
10am Sunday 26 February 2017
Great Lake Community Centre
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
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
Flood damage update
River Leven willow removal
Talbots Lagoon gauging board
Native Fish Conservation
Pest Fish in Mersey, Pipers River and Tamar
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
J Broomby reported on meetings of the Mersey Forth Recreation Committee . Still awaiting Hydro’s decision on the allowable use of Paloona.
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
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.
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