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AAT Minutes General Meeting May 2017

10am Sunday 28 May 2017

Man O’Ross Hotel, Ross 

 

Present

Gary France Chair, Terry Byard Vice Chair, Malcolm Crosse Exec Committee John Broomby Exec Committee , Charles Thompson NWFA, Bruce Heathcote NWFA, Kerry Hays Penguin Anglers Club, Howard Jones BOD Sports Anglers, Alan Gordon BOD Sports Anglers, Bruce Gilham Corralin FF and Casting Assoc, John Francis  STLAA, Keith Symons Indep South, Roger Butler TGALT, Denis Edwards Exec Officer, Chris Colley Parks and Wildlife, Tim Farrell IFS

 

Apologies

Adrian Hope, Michael Caminada, Wayne Ballette

 

Minutes of  previous meeting and matters arising

Motion : “to accept the minutes of the previous meeting held on 26 Feb 2017 at the Great Lake Community Centre”

Moved : Terry Byard    Seconded : John Broomby

 

Matters arising :

J Broomby in enquired on the progress of the bumper stickers

J Broomby reported that Hydro have still to make a decision on the possible use of Paloona

M Crosse objected to the need for a Parks Pass to fish in National Parks

C Thompson reported that proposed new roads at Lake Lea to access private land will not offer access to a possible boat ramp

 

Financials

The bank balances for all AAT accounts were tabled showing the balances at 26 May were :

 

GRANT A/C             037-001 477934                                                  $8,471.84

 

HOF A/C                037-010 259330                                                     $   736.61

 

TRADING A/C        037-009 171550                                                   $6,527.41

 

WEBCAM A/C       037-010 259322                                                    $2,804.39

 

With the $60,000 South Esk Anglers Access project almost complete the grant account will be fully expended and replaced by the $52,800 grant for toilets at Penstock and Bronte.

 

Motion :  “That the financial statement be accepted”

Moved :    R Butler     Seconded : M Crosse

 

TWWHA

Chris Colley, Regional Manager North, Parks and Wildlife Service gave an informative review of the TWWHA Management Plan.

Aircraft are excluded from the Nineteen Lagoons which is a Recreation Zone and also the Wilderness Zone; however there is provision for landing in the Visitor Service Zones , Recreation Zones and up to five landing sites in the Self-Reliant Recreation Zone – all subject to certain conditions. See zoning map attached.

All EOI proposals go through the Co-ordinator General’s office and face rigorous environmental impact studies prior to approval. Parks know of no proposals to date.

A suggested Code of Practice for aircraft movement by John Broomby was tabled and led to discussion of desirable outcomes.

Chris Colley suggested that AAT make representation to the General Manager of Parks to seek input into the review process for any EOI’s .

 

Inland Fisheries Service Report

Tim Farrell presented a comprehensive report which is available on the AAT website

The report included the following :

Trout Weekend report

Spawning run

Successful Community Infrastructure Fund projects

Carp management program and Carp Workshop report

South Esk Anglers Access will be open for 2017-18 season

RBF applications

River Leven willow removal

Four Springs maintenance and angling platform

Continued flood damage repair to anglers access

Navigation lights repairs

Native fish conservation

Pest fish

Compliance report

Hatchery and Stocking

 

Tasmanian Inland Recreation Fisheries Management Plan 2018- 28

Tim Farrell tabled an Issues Paper and explained the rationale behind it was to simplify regulation and to consult more widely. Comments from clubs or individuals need to in by

16 June for consideration in the Draft 2018-28 Plan due out in August 2017.

email  [email protected]

The following proposals were discussed :

The three management classes for the fishery

Proposed changes to bag limits on rivers and lakes

Stocking policy

Possible additional ‘all year” waters

Regulatory changes during the 2008-18 Plan to be included

 

Masters Games

Malcolm Crosse discussed the possible venues and logistics and requested that the Games be advertised on the AAT website with the need for controllers especially from NW Clubs

 

Bronte water levels

Hydro and IFS are working on an agreement for an MOU.

AAT to raise members concerns at their meeting with Hydro on 31 May

 

World Fly Fishing Championships

Malcolm Crosse gave a rundown on organisational matters including transport, possible venues, number of participants, accommodation, budget, sponsors, and the opportunity to push the Tasmanian fishery.

Volunteers are needed as controllers at the five venues with possibly one club adopting one  venue – ie five clubs needed.

A new webpage on the AAT site to be developed with a link to the World Fly Fishing Championships website- Fuji Xerox have offered to do the artwork.

A fund raising raffle will run for 3years and this could also be advertised on the AAT website

 

AAT Strategic Plan 2018-25

Terry Byard reported that the Exec Committee weekend workshop on the 6-7 May at Malcolm Crosses Penstock shack was successful and that the draft plan will be presented at the next GM

 

Fisheries Habitat

Gary France flagged a future forum on fisheries habitat and performance to be held on Sat 19 Aug 2017 at Campbell Town – details available shortly.

 

Bronte webcam sponsorship

Email from Devonport Fly Fishing Club wanting to co-sponsor the Bronte webcam with Kingborough Anglers Association – Kingborough to advise AAT

 

St Clair Lagoon

T Byard and D Edwards to meet on site with Hydro and IFS on Wed 31 to discuss water level regime in the lagoon

 

General Business

Howard Jones extended an invitation to all freshwater clubs to take part in the Break O’Day Sports Anglers Challenge at St Helens Sat/Sun 17-18 June. ph 0409 969 895 for details.

John Francis inquired how the proposed toilets would be serviced and maintained and it was suggested by Roger Butler that relevant government entities could contribute to a  corporate fund for toilet maintenance.

Howard Jones contention that an un-sustainable amount of water is being used for irrigation

led to a discussion on river degradation caused by the need for large quantities of fertilisers on irrigated low fertility soils, herbicide/pesticide runoff, dairy effluent etc , the need for water management plans on rivers and a means of AAT involvement with the EPA.

Terry Byard suggested that with the difficulty of getting an independent representative from the NW it may be necessary not to tie the three indep. reps to a particular geographic area.ry France suggested to try the NW on Facebook before any changes are made.

Bruce Heathcote discussed the cost of and alternate ways to service lifejackets.

Malcolm Crosse suggested that the Great Lake Fly Tie- In at the Great Lake Community Centre on Sat 14 Oct be advertised on the AAT website, and that the AAT had been invited to have a stall at the event.

 

 

 

ACTION LIST

AAT Executive      Strategy Plan 2018-25

Include catch and release in Code of Practise

Toilet maintenance funding

 

DE                        Letter to Parks seeking TWWHA EIO evaluation representation

Email IFS Management Plan to clubs

Set up web page for World FF Championships

Boating Proposals brochure for Penstock and Little Pine, contact MAST

about laying bouys

VHF details on website

 

 

NEXT MEETING     10 am Sunday 13 Aug 2017

 

 

 

Willow Removal on the River Leven

AAT has received $11,750 funding from the Cradle Coast NRM willow removal on the River Leven and this project is almost completed.

Before Removal

Before Removal

 

After Removal

After Removal

AAT Minutes – General Meeting Feb 2017

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 

AAT Minutes of General Meeting Nov 2016

10am Sunday 27 November 2016

Clarendon House, Evandale

Present

Gary France Chair, Terry Byard Vice Chair, Sheryl Thompson Chair Anglers Hall of Fame, Charles Thompson NWFA, Howard Jones BOD Sports Anglers, Alan Gordon BOD Sports Anglers, John Francis STLAA Delegate, Wayne Bellette Tas Fly Tyers Club, Adrian Hope TFFA, Michael Caminada Independent North, Keith Symons Independent South, Denis Edwards Exec Officer, John Diggle Director IFS .

Apologies

John Broomby, Malcolm Crosse, Mike Stevens, Bruce Gilham, Robert Chandler

Minutes of previous meeting and matters arising

Masters Games A discussion on the organisation of the 2017 Masters Games was led by

C Thompson and W Bellette

Trout Expo G France reported that the event was very successful

Great Lake Tie In This event was very successful and will become a regular event

Motion: “ to accept the minutes of the previous meeting held on 28 August 2016 at the Man O’Ross Hotel, Ross”

Moved: C Thompson     Seconded: T Byard

Financials

The 2015/16 financial Audit was tabled. Audits for incorporated associations are no longer required, DE to check if funding bodies require association audits for grants.

Motion: “That the 2015/16 Audit be accepted”

Moved: T Byard     Seconded: A Hope

Inland Fisheries Service Report

John Diggle tabled the IFS Annual Report and the Annual Carp Report ; both are available on the IFS website.

Also tabled was a comprehensive report to AAT which is available on the AAT website www.anglersalliance.org.au The report included the following –

Possible grant opportunity from Community Infrastructure Fund for toilets

Redfin Perch in the Mersey River

Tasmanian Inland Recreational Fisheries Management Plan 2019-29 is being drafted

Clean up Australia Day registration

Carp update

Trout Weekend 2017 photographic competition

IFS attendance at yearly ‘Talk Wild Trout’ in Vic. – see Talk Wild Trout website

Anglers Access

Native Fish Conservation

Compliance Report

Rainbow trout spawning run at Great Lake

Salmon Ponds hatchery

Attendances at clubs and meetings

Stockings 12 Oct to 16 Nov 2016

The meeting commented on the high quality of the report and presentation.

It was suggested that AAT write a letter of appreciation for Hydro’s efforts in protecting the galaxiid populations in Great Lake and Woods Lake.

H Jones flagged the possibility of NRM North funds for Break O’Day study

River Bag Limits

Both the AAT and TGALT confirmed their support for the proposed all rivers maximum bag limit of five fish which the IFS is in the process of implementing.

Webcams

M Crosse has replaced all SIM cards with Telstra sponsored cards and during the same trip replaced all battery operated cameras with donated gel batteries. The faulty Four Springs camera was replaced and has been sent to the manufacturer for inspection.

Lake Leake and Tooms are being investigated as possible sites for webcams.

Discussion was had about the need for funding a maintenance plan going into the future.

Toilet facilities

AAT has met with Highlands Council, IFS, MAST and Hydro to scope the requirements to develop the planning for the toilet project that can be used for possible grant applications.

A letter has been written to Ministers Groom, Rockliff and Barnett to sound out possible government sponsorship using the World Fly Fishing Championships as a lever.

Anglers Hall of Fame

The guidelines for Induction into the HOF have been resolved and will be posted on the AAT website.

Nominations will be called for at AAT’s AGM and inductions take place during Trout Weekend.

Proposed VHF coverage on Central Plateau

The network is nearing completion and should be operational in mid to late Dec 2016. AAT to contact Barry Mc Cann then to arrange publicity for the service.

Mersey Forth – Paloona

Boat ramp proposal at Lake Rowallan was discussed and C Thompson suggested that the prevailing weather direction may suggest a more sheltered location. J Broomby to liaise with Neil Morrow and C Thompson.

Club contacts

The difficulties and the dire need for improved club contacts was discussed.

It was suggested that a September mail out ( after clubs AGM’s ) requesting the new office bearers contact details, should be done annually.

DE to contact North, North West and Southern reps. to help initiate process.

Clyde River Catchment report

Terry Byard reported on two meetings attended on the review of the Clyde River management plan and alerted members that next part of the review will include Lakes Sorell and Crescent which will be important to anglers.

Junior Angling Day

A review of the recent Junior Anglers Day was tabled and the need for another southern venue was discussed as was the possible use of Facebook as a means of communicating for this event.

Bushfest  

A brief discussion on Bushfest concluded that an AAT presence was worthwhile.

Correspondence

Carp Management Program Annual Report July-Sept 2016

Mersey River Redfin survey

Hazelwood Power Station closure

Tas Irrigation Govt Scrutiny Committee Invitation

General business

J Francis enquired on the status of the proposed bathometric charting of the lakes by a      surveying firm, and it was thought that the project had not gone ahead.

C Thompson initiated a discussion on the progress of the draft TWWHA plan.

S Thompson mentioned that the annual Ladies Fishing Day will be at Hiscutt Park on

Sun 4 Dec.2016

A Hope wondered that the Talbots Lagoon water level indicator could be relocated to a more easily observable position.

ACTION LIST

AAT Executive   Clean up Australia Day arrangements

H Jones/DE        NRM funding for Break O’Day

J Broomby          Rowallan boat ramp

DE                      Audit requirements

Hydro letter

VHF publicity

NEXT MEETING Sun 26 Feb 2017 at Great Lake Hall

Minutes AGM August 2016

10am Sunday 28 August 2016
Man O’Ross Hotel, Ross

Present
Gary France Chair, Terry Byard Vice Chair, Malcolm Crosse Exec Committee, Denis Edwards Exec Officer, Sheryl Thompson Chair Anglers Hall of Fame, Charles Thompson NWFA, Dean Mainwaring NWFA, Bruce Gilham Corralin FF and Casting Assoc, Howard Jones BOD Sports Anglers, Alan Gordon BOD Sports Anglers, John Francis STLAA Delegate, Michael Caminada Independent North, Keith Symons Independent South.
Apologies
John Broomby, Adrian Hope, Mike Stevens, Phil Williams,

Welcome
Chairman , Gary France welcomed members and new STLAA delegate member John Francis

Confirmation of the minutes of the 2015 AGM
T Byard moved that the minutes of the 2015 AGM be accepted. Seconded M Crosse. Carried

Matters arising
Revised Constitution to be posted on website
Independent NW Rep needed

Chairman’s Report
Gary France’s report for 2015/16 was tabled detailing the year’s activities and proposed future focus to make the most of the opportunities presented by the World Fly Fishing Championships to be held in Tasmania in 2019. He thanked all members for their contribution and support.

Financials
The 2015/2016 audit has not yet been completed and will be tabled at the next GM. An MYOB system that is compatible with the Accountant Auditors system has been set up .This will streamline the accounting and quarterly BAS returns, giving easily accessible, orderly and transparent accounts.
Balances at 26 August 2016 were —

Trading Account Westpac 037-009 17-1550 $ 5,030.19 CR
Grant Account Westpac 037-001 47-7934 $17,654.54 CR
Webcam Account Westpac 037-001 25-9322 $ 750.01 CR
HOF Account Westpac 037-010 25-9330 $ 868.45 CR

An Amendment to the Associations Incorporation Act 1964 that commences on 1 October 2016 will remove the requirement for an annual financial audit for an Incorporated Association in any year where the organisations annual revenue is less than $250,000. To remove the auditing requirement, the AAT Constitution would need some considerable changes and to facilitate this the Government is publishing new model rules prior to 1 Oct 2016.
It was recommended that the Constitution should be altered to enable the AAT to take advantage of this change. Moved; Terry Byard Seconded: Keith Symons

Election of Executive Officers
Five nominations for positions on the Executive Committee were received and with Mike Stevens not re-nominating his position is being filled by Michael Caminada, the Northern Independent representative.

The Executive Committee is
Chairman Gary France
Vice Chairman Terry Byard
John Broomby
Malcolm Crosse Project manager
Michael Caminada
Alan Gordon moved that the nominations be accepted . Seconded : Terry Byard
Sheryl Thompson remains the Tasmanian Anglers Hall of Fame Committee Chairperson.
Denis Edwards remains the Executive Officer

Meeting closed at 10.20 am

Minutes AAT GM August 2016

10.30am Sunday 28 August 2016
Man O’Ross Hotel, Ross

Present
Gary France Chair, Terry Byard Vice Chair, Malcolm Crosse Exec Committee, Denis Edwards Exec Officer, Sheryl Thompson Chair Anglers Hall of Fame, Charles Thompson NWFA, Dean Mainwaring NWFA, Bruce Gilham Corralin FF and Casting Assoc, Howard Jones BOD Sports Anglers, Alan Gordon BOD Sports Anglers, John Francis STLAA Delegate, Michael Caminada Independent North, Keith Symons Independent South, John Diggle Director IFS .
Apologies
John Broomby, Adrian Hope, Mike Stevens, Phil Williams.

Minutes of previous meeting
Motion: “ to accept the minutes of the previous meeting held on 29 May 2016 at the
Man O’Ross Hotel, Ross“
Moved: M Caminada Seconded: T Byard

Inland Fisheries Service Report
John Diggle tabled a comprehensive report which is available on the AAT website www.anglersalliance.org.au The report included the following –
Seasonal Outlook
Opening of the Brown Trout Waters 2016-17
Flood Damage
Carp Management and High Water Levels
IFAC Report
Licensing and Administration
Legislation
Penstock Lagoon performance
Native Fish Conservation
Tasmanian Inland Recreational Fishery Management Plan
Arthurs Lake pilot tagging project
Anglers Access
Carp
Hatchery and Stocking
Compliance Report
Club attendances
Mersey River Anglers Access closures

Matters arising from IFS Report
M Caminada queried the stocking of Blackmans Lagoon and JD explained there was a lack of fish this year but it remains on the radar.
Great Southern Water – JD reported that a feasibility study is being done on a proposal on the Esperance Plains.
Webcam sponsorship
Malcolm Crosse reported that –
• Over the last 12 months the webcams have been hugely successful, averaging 650hits/day with a max. of 3750 hits/day. On the back of these figures we are pushing the sponsorship wheelbarrow.
• AAT has been successful in securing a partnership with Telstra for 15 GB of data per month for each of 12 cameras. This is worth over $6000/year to AAT . The webcam site will be modified with the Telstra logo requirements and there will be space for one individual sponsor’s logo on each camera @ $500/year which will generate a further $6000/year.
• AAT has also been successful in securing $4000/annum sponsorship from MAST for webcam maintenance.
• Additionally it is proposed to put a Paypal donation box linked to an AAT bank account (free for non for profit organisations) on the webcam site. Moved: M Crosse Seconded : G France

Malcolm has secured, at no cost, some replacement gel batteries that will reduce webcam maintenance costs. They will be installed when the new Telstra sim cards are changed over.

Discussion was had about the possibility of a webcam at Lake Leake.

S Thompson moved a motion of appreciation for Malcolm’s efforts that was unanimously agreed to.

Proposed meeting with IFS, Hydro and MaST
This meeting will be on Tues 4 Oct 2016 to discuss the toilet project that should see a number of toilets in place for the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships.
C Thompson suggested that since Tourism Tas advertised 20 odd free campsites around the lakes that they should be involved in discussions.
The boating changes, proposed by the AAT, on Penstock and Little Pine will also be discussed.

Discussion was had on an opportunity to fund and implement an infrastructure program that would have long term benefits for anglers, to be in place for 2019 and it was suggested that Guy Barnett be invited to an AAT meeting to discuss the possibilities.

Lake Paloona
A letter from the Mersey Forth Recreation Management Committee inviting stakeholders to be involved in a feasibility study of the Lakes potential for recreation including boating was tabled together with emails from J Broomby strongly supporting the proposal. The study would cost up to $20,000 and the Committee has requested contributions towards the study from stakeholders.
It was suggested that AAT contribute $1000 subject to checking safety concerns raised by the NWFA.
Anglers Hall of Fame
The revised Guidelines for Induction into the Tasmanian Angling Hall of Fame was tabled and discussion led to two suggested changes-
“Anglers Alliance Tasmania will invite nominations for induction into the HOF on a
bi-annual basis, and one or none of the nominees may be inducted.
“The nominees will be assessed against their accomplishments , both professionally
and voluntarily ie their acheivements and outcomes etc ”

Code of Practice
The AAT Code of Practice was tabled and its adoption was moved by T Byard and seconded by M Caminada. It will be posted on the AAT website.

Trout Expo
Now in its 12th year and is held on the weekend of 17-18 Sept with the Aust. School Championships on Mon 19th September.

Fly Tie In
This is a resurrection of the popular Bronte Tie In and is to be held on Sat 15 Oct in the Great Lake Community Hall. The contributors to M Crosse’s new book “Australia’s Best Trout Flies Revisited” will also be there.

Gone Fishing Day
Letter from Tarfish informing AAT of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation has organised a national Gone Fishing Day to be held on 16th October 2016 and seeking input from AAT.
It is too late to be involved this year but AAT will post details on website and inform clubs of the proposed date for 2017 so they consider it when setting activities for 2017.

Junior Angling Day 30th Oct 2016
Northern venues are Waverley and possibly Stonesthrow depending on some resolution between participating clubs Corralin, Launceston Anglers and Westbury on how to manage the venues.
North West venues are Hisketts, Frombergs and Taylors.
Southern venue is Bushy Park
AAT to do guidelines for clubs, trophies ,give aways , drinks etc. and toilets hire for Bushy Park. Media publicity to be organised.

Highlands Bushfest Bothwell 19-20 Nov 2016
Co-ordinate site with TGALT . T Byard to organise the IFS trailer.
Volunteers needed to man the AAT site.

Australian Masters Games
This will be staged on the NW Coast 21-28 Oct 2017 and will feature fly fishing for the first time in the games history.
It was suggested that the Burnie and Devonport Fly Fishing clubs should be involved and that Fly Fishing Australia could give support in organising procedures.

World Fly Fishing Championships Tasmania 2019
M Crosse reported that Fly Fishing Australia has formed a Committee and that he is the Tasmanian organiser.

Correspondence
Tasmanian Planning Commission Review of Draft TWWHA tabled and this has prompted concern on helicopter access to this area. Letters supporting AAT’S position from Glenn Delaney and NW Fly Fishers Club were tabled.
Hydro Tas letter on artificial galaxiid spawning habitat trial at Swan Bay tabled.
Forestry Tas Three Year Wood Production Plan 2016-18 tabled.
Derwent Catchment NRM email on their spring fundraiser on Frid 2nd Sept tabled.

NEXT MEETING will be on Sun 27 Nov 2016

ACTION LIST
Exec Committee Webcam sponsorship
Junior Fishing Day
Toilets Project
Boating Proposals Penstock/ Little Pine
Strategic plan for funding projects

JB/DE Paloona safety concerns

ST/GF Finalise HOF Selection Criteria

DE Website posts
Code of Practice
Trout Expo
Fly Tie In
Gone Fishing Day
Bushfest Bothwell

AAT GM May 2016

ANGLERS ALLIANCE TASMANIA

MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING

10am Sunday 29 May 2016, Man O’Ross Hotel, Ross

Present
Gary France Chair, Terry Byard Vice Chair, Mike Stevens Exec Committee, Malcolm Crosse Exec Committee, John Broomby Exec Committee, Bruce Gilham Corralinn FFCA, Howard Jones BOD Sports Anglers, Alan Gordon BOD Sports Anglers, Michael Caminada Independent North, Keith Symons Independent South, Adrian Hope Tas FFA, Charles Thompson NWFA , Bruce Heathcote NWFA, Corey Harris FFCT, Gary Long FFCT, Denis Edwards Exec Officer, John Diggle Director IFS, Eric Hutchinson MP, Marcos Ambrose Thousand Lakes Lodge.
Apologies
Sheryl Thompson

Talk by Marcos Ambrose

Marcos Ambrose, one of the partners in the Thousand Lakes Lodge project, gave a very informative talk on what is planned for the transformation of Bernacchi Lodge to the Thousand Lakes Lodge. The nine bedroom $1.3million Lodge will provide a very comfortable base to explore the Central Plateau area of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It will open in October 2016 , details on www.thousandlakeslodge.com.au

Minutes of previous meeting
Motion: “to accept the minutes of the previous meeting held 28 Feb 2016 at the Great Lake Community Hall”
Moved: B Gilham Seconded: T Byard

Matters arising

H Jones suggested that the EPA response to a letter from the BOD Sports Anglers be emailed to the Committee.
J Broomby raised the possibility of a feasibility study into raising the water level of Four Springs Lake.
T Byard suggested that the proposed Constitution amendment as advised and approved at the last GM be incorporated into the Constitution. Approved.

Financials
The Financial statement was tabled showing that at the 17 May 2016
AAT Westpac TRADING A/C 17-1550 $ 4,220.44 CR

AAT Westpac GRANT A/C 47-7934 $ 5,900.43 CR

AAT Westpac WEBCAM A/C 47-7854 $ 750.01 CR

HOF MyState A/C 7273178 $ 880.45 CR
Motion : “That the Financial Statement be accepted”
Moved: K Symons Seconded: A Hope

Webcams sponsorship
T Byard reported that the Exec Committee’s presentation to Tourism Tas for major sponsorship for the webcams was well received and the outcome will be known shortly.

A letter to Telstra’s Executive Director of Small Business seeking sponsorship of data costs was tabled.

M Crosse is to have discussions with M Ambrose on sponsorship to explore the possibility of relocating the Augusta Lake webcam to Thousand Lake Lodge.

Inland Fisheries Service Report
The full report is available on the AAT website www.anglersalliance.org.au

John Diggle tabled the comprehensive IFS Report that included the following —
Low lake levels
Boating on Penstock and Little Pine
Arthurs Lake fishery performance
Talbots Lagoon access
Brushy Lagoon bridge replacement
World Fly Fishing Championships 2019
IFAC report
Licencing and Administration
Legislation
Native Fish Conservation
Anglers access
Carp report
Southern Fisheries Enhancement
Hatchery and Stocking
Compliance
IFS attendances at Club events, meetings and dinners

Matters arising from IFS Report
AAT to write to Parks thanking them for their efforts on the Brushy Lagoon bridge replacement.
Fisheries Habitat Fund – write to Eric Hutchinson.
IFS Open Weekend , any ideas for kids or adult activities welcomed by the IFS.
AAT to inform clubs of dates for MAST 2017 RBF meetings.
The carp virus due to be released on the mainland in 2018 is unsuitable for cooler waters of Lake Sorell (<15*C). Brief discussion on Mersey River management for the WFFC 2019 A Gordon raised the possibility of a fish trap on waters feeding Huntsman Dam. World Fly Fishing Championships Tasmania 2019
M Crosse who is Fly Fish Australia’s Tasmanian organiser, showed the video that formed part of the successful Australian bid for the 2019 World Championship. With 500-600 anglers from 80 odd countries involved, Malc. suggested that it is a great opportunity to procure Federal money for infrastructure such as roads, toilets etc.

DPIPWE Meeting
T Byard discussed an interesting presentation to the Exec Committee from Dr Martin Read of the DPIPWE which discussed the water management, environmental flows and extreme dry conditions. Items covered were the needs of aquatic environment and other users (anglers) in determining water allocations, determination and implementation of environmental flows and the Ministerial Policy on Extreme Dry Conditions.
AAT discussed the need for fishing to be better recognised and the importance of the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships to be held in Tas. in 2019.

It was suggested at the meeting that AAT engage more with landholders on riparian and water quality issues and that a pilot program could be undertaken with a local NRM on a water with an existing Anglers Access.

Proposed IFS Regulation changes
Proposed amendments to the Inland Fisheries Regulations were tabled and included –
. Amending the minimum legal size for fish at Pioneer Lake, South Riana Dam and Talbots Lagoon to 300mm length.
. Amending the maximum legal size for fish at Pioneer Lake, South Riana Dam, Talbots Lagoon, Big Waterhouse Lagoon and Little Waterhouse Lagoon to; two fish only over 500mm length.
. Amending the bag limit to five fish at Pioneer Lake, South Riana Dam, Talbots Lagoon and the South Esk River.
· Prohibit fishing at all times within waters flowing into Talbots Lagoon.
· Limit fishing times to one hour before sunrise to three hours after sunset at South Riana Dam and Talbots Lagoon.
It was unanimously resolved by members that the amendments should be adopted.

Penstock/Little Pine boating proposals
The results of the Trout Weekend questionaire on the proposals was tabled showing that of the 65 responses 59 were in favour and 6 in the negative.
B Gilham reported that the Corralinn FFCA had only one objection to the proposals
C Harris reported that the FFCT supported the proposals in principal but have some matters of detail they would like to be explored further.
A discussion followed on safety issues, speed restrictions and legislation, number and colour of bouys, width of corridor, education, implementation, funding, etc.
It was decided that the matter would be reassessed once the remainder of club responses have been received and all present thought the recommendations should be in the IFS Code.

Mersey Forth Recreational Management Committee
John Broomby the AAT delegate to this Committee presented a comprehensive report on Committee activity, including the promised replacement boat ramp on Lake Barrington and further progress on Lake Paloona access with an estimated project cost of $350 to $400,000.
N Morrow and J Broomby moved that the Management Committee approach Kentish Council to support a $20,000 feasibility study to report on opening up access to Lake Paloona by constructing a road off Devils Gate Road. The Committee will write to all stakeholders to request their views prior to approaching Kentish Council.

Toilets
Based on a simple pump out system used by the Highlands Council at Derwent Bridge the indicative costing of toilets proposed for Highland Lakes would be approx. $15,000 -$20,000. Penstock, Little Pine and Bronte have been identified as the most urgent with Sorell, Woods, Four Springs , and perhaps Mackintosh in need of facilities as well.
If all were included that gives a project estimate of some $140,000, which would possibly need Federal funding.
Matters to be worked through include maintenance (perhaps by Councils) and ownership, eg Hydro, Forico .

Junior Angling Day
Following last years success it is proposed to run this event statewide again in 2016 with the proposed date of Sun 16 Oct.
Some alternate venues were suggested such as Old Mac’s Farm and Corralinn.
Exec Committee to start planning for the event.

Correspondence
Brushy Lagoon Bridge Letter from Westbury Fishing Club to Minister expressing concern at the lack of access was tabled. Discussion indicated that Parks are providing a temporary bridge until a replacement is built.
Meander River Letter from Quamby FFC was tabled concerning possible management options to improve the fishing experience on the Meander during the World Fly Fishing Championships in 2019. John Diggle indicated that the IFS does not think that stocking of adult fish into the Meander is warranted at this time. Consideration of trapping fish from the inflowing streams to the Huntsman is considered too difficult due to the large flashy flows in the catchment. The IFS may be able to coordinate some electro fishing surveys with Quamby members next summer to confirm the state of the population in the river.
Letter from Bill Beck regarding Penstock and Little Pine boating proposals was tabled and his comments will inform any reassessment of the proposals.
Letter from AAT to IFS tabled requesting a microbenthic fauna survey on Arthurs Lake together with the IFS reply that such a study would not provide a reason for, or a solution to the problem at Arthurs Lake.
Bushfest An invitation for AAT to participate again this year, 19th and 20th Nov 2016.
Fish Farms One perspective on overseas fish farms

General Business
Eric Hutchinson MP expressed his thanks for being invited to the meeting and indicated the Governments strong support for the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships in Tas. He suggested that all funding opportunities should be explored to upgrade and provide infrastructure that will be beneficial to the long term interests of anglers.
J Broomby suggested that the Lake Rowallan boat ramp needs remedial work and this should be done under the RBF.
A Hope expressed his disappointment that Lake Naomi and Lake Olive in the TWWHA are now accessible by 4WD.
Adrian suggested that a dedicated fire fighting team for the Highlands and TWWHA would be good idea, if funds were available.
G Long suggested that while the dams are at low levels it is a great opportunity to remove boulders from boatramps.
Gary also mentioned leaking irrigation pipes at the Arthurs Dam wall. AAT to report to Irrigation Tas/Hydro

NEXT MEETING is the AGM on Sun 21 Aug 2016


ACTION LIST

Exec Committee Boating Proposals Penstock/Little Pine

Toilets including Dago Point , persue possible Federal money sources meet with Eric Hutchinson to discuss.

River Health Pilot project with NRM/landowners

HOF Selection criteria

Bushfest

Junior Angling Day

MC/DE Telstra sponsorship for webcams

DE Brushy Lagoon bridge, letter of thanks to Parks
Fisheries Habitat Fund, write to Eric Hutchinson
Proposed Regs, write to IFS
Forward EPA reply to H Jones to Committee
Arthurs, leaking pipes contact Irrig Tas / Hydro
Boat ramps rocks , contact N Morrow
Reply to Quamby FFC letter
Constitution ammendment

AAT General Meeting 28/2/2016

MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING
10am Sunday 28 Feb 2016, Great Lake Community Hall

Present
Gary France Chair, Terry Byard Vice Chair, Mike Stevens Exec Committee, Malcolm Crosse Exec Committee, John Broomby Exec Committee, Bruce Gilham Corralinn FFCA, Howard Jones BOD Sports Anglers, Alan Gordon BOD Sports Anglers, Michael Caminada Independent North, Keith Symons Independent South, Adrian Hope Tas FFA, Charles Thompson NWFA , Sheryl Thompson NWFA, Denis Edwards Exec Officer, John Diggle Director IFS, Dr Sarah Richards EPA, Nathan Green Lester Franks, Phil Potter and Peter Golding

Apologies
Phil Williams

Presentation by Dr Sarah Richards EPA
Dr Sarah Richards gave an informative presentation that included the EPA and IFS review of inland fish farms in 2015, an overview of the legislation relevant to inland fish farms, river health and fish farms and the reporting of environmental complaints.
The review of the 14 inland flow through fish farms found –

• Inconsistent environmental regulation and with some farms having no environmental conditions
• Some farms had inadequate effluent treatment
• In periods of low river flows some farms are likely to cause impacts to rivers – such as excessive algal growth
• More information is needed for most farms to set discharge limits to protect water quality
• Recommendation has been made to the Minister for policy development to address these issues
The presentation also gave an overview of river health and fish farms and the effects of elevated nutrient levels in the farm discharge waters and what environmental conditions can aggravate these effects.

Presentation by Nathan Green of Lester Franks Survey & Geographic P/L
Nathan outlined his companies proposal to produce bathymetric (underwater topographic) maps of the more popular Tasmanian lakes and rivers.
The maps would include bottom composition and vegetation, be compatible with most recreational depth sounders and be available in chart form as well as online and mobile apps. The online and mobile apps would be available for between $4 to $30 depending on the number of subscribers.
The proposal received a very positive response from all present.

Minutes of previous meeting
Motion: “to accept the minutes of the meeting held 8 Nov 2015 at Man O‘Ross Hotel, Ross”
Moved: T Byard Seconded: K Symons

Matters arising
David Ikedife from Hydro to be invited to AAT meetings.
HOF Committee tabled proposed selection criteria for consideration by Exec Committee.

Financials

Financial statement was tabled showing that at 26 Feb 2016

AAT Westpac TRADING A/C 17-1550 $ 3,434.22 CR

AAT Westpac GRANT A/C 47-7934 $ 12,314.11 CR

HOF MyState A/C 727 3178 $ 904.45 CR

AAT WEBCAM A/C is in the process of being set up

Motion: “That the Financial Statement be accepted”
Moved: S Thompson Seconded: M Stevens

Inland Fisheries Service Report full report is available on AAT website

John Diggle tabled the comprehensive “new look” IFS Report that included the following –
Low lake levels
Angling pressure at Penstock and Little Pine Lagoons
Arthurs Lake fishery performance, IFS is reviewing all data and will publish results on the IFS website in March 2016.
Fisheries non-compliance
Talbots Lagoon Anglers Access
IFAC new appointments
Legislation. Policy and Native Fish Conservation
Policy Matters
Native Fish Conservation
Anglers Access including Talbots, South Riana Dam, Low lake level boat access, Clean Up
Australia Day
Carp Report
Compliance Report
Prosecutions
IFS attendances at Club events, meetings and dinners

Matters arising from IFS Report
H Jones questioned what future planning does Hydro have for future predicted low rainfalls.
M Stevens suggested there is a need for further studies to be done on macrobenthic fauna population in Arthurs Lake and Great Lake, similar to W Fultons 1981 thesis, to establish baseline data; this was supported by the AAT Committee.
M Stevens suggested eel traps could be better marked.

Webcams
M Crosse tabled analytics that showed webcam hits have doubled over the last two years and for the last six months have averaged 420 hits/day that is 2,940 hits/ week or 153,200 hits/year.
This gives a great platform to find a major sponsor and Red Jelly have been engaged to produce a marketing strategy to achieve this.
BOM is keen to have weather stations on the webcams and further talks will be had to see what funding is available for the estimated cost of $25,000.

Meeting with Minister
T Byard reported that the Exec Committees first meeting with Minister Jeremy Rockliff went very well, covering a wide range of concerns and aspirations in the 30 minutes available.
The ground has been laid for ongoing dialogue in future regular meetings with the Minister.

Penstock and Little Pine Lagoons
A number of letters from individuals and clubs were tabled expressing concern at the increased number and size of boats using these shallow lagoons causing damaging the floor and weed beds of the lagoons.
The trial Boating Corridor at Penstock has not resulted in the changed behaviour or boating practices that were hoped for, and with the IFS prediction of increased boating activity on these small shallow lagoons, the need for better boating control to prevent further degradation is urgently needed.

The following proposals, to be recommended to IFS for necessary regulation and legislation change, were unanimously supported –

Penstock Lagoon
1. Reinstate the Corridor for combustion/outboard motors to the previous alignment, some 20 -25 m wide, using posts or buoys as markers.
2. Space the markers at 100m intervals.
3. Boats outside of this corridor to be electric or manual powered only.
4. Reduce the speed limit to 3 knots (5.5 kmh) to avoid pre- planing turbulence and large wakes

Little Pine Lagoon
1. Corridor to be installed from boat ramp to a longitudinal corridor in the middle of the lagoon.
2. The longitudinal Corridor to terminate at existing dam marker buoys in the south, and to the north, a line level with the north end of Bertrams Island
3. Boats outside the Corridors and to the north of Bertrams Island to be electric or manual powered only
4. Reduce the speed limit to 3 knots (5.5 kmh) to avoid pre- planing turbulence and largewakes.

In addition a comprehensive education program should be implemented and signage placed at boat ramps.

Four Springs proposal to raise water level
J Broomby tabled a proposal from the Westbury Fishing Club to initiate a feasibility study into the possibility of raising the level of Four Springs Lake by some 250 to 300mm.
The following points need consideration –
1. IFS would have to be sure that higher levels would benefit the lake ecology ie water
temperature, weed growth, fish habitat etc.
2. Lake area owned by Crown but could encroach on Forico land with the bigger area.
3. Dam wall built to contain 50 year flood, new requirement is for 100year flood.
4. Who pays for feasibility study ?
5. Would existing infrastructure have to be altered ?

Leven River grant application
A funding application has been lodged with Cradle Coast NRM for riparian restoration works near the new steel foot bridge at Hobbs Bridge. If successful volunteers, from local clubs, to assist with the works would be appreciated.

Constitution amendment
T Byard tabled a proposed amendment to Cl 5(c) of the Constitution “ that independent angler representatives shall not be members of or aligned with any club or group”
Cl 5(c) to be –
“The Alliance is responsible for securing regional independent angler representatives through a public process. This may require consideration of regional press options. Independent angler representatives shall not be members of or aligned with any angling club or group.

If there is only one nomination for an independent angler representative position then that nomination can be approved by the membership at either a General Meeting or an AGM. If there is more than one nomination for an independent angler representative position, a ballot for the position will need to be conducted. Independent angler representatives will be deemed appointed as members of the Alliance for a period of two years after which they are eligible for re-appointment by the membership.”
T Byard moved that this be adopted. Seconded A Hope. Carried

Correspondence
Hydro Lagoon Water Levels AAT’s response to Hydro’s request for preferred water levels over the angling season and water management issues at Bronte, Little Pine, Penstock and Lake St Clair Lagoons.

Russell River AAT’s letter to Minister Rockliff and his reply on complaints about the Russell River hatchery.

Dago Point AAT’s letter to Minister Groom and his reply on the re-commissioning of the Dago Point toilets and removal of noxious weeds in the area.

Forico AAT’s reply to Forico’s request for stakeholder input for their derogation application for the use of alpha-cypermenthrin.
Lake Barrington Letter from Mersey Forth Recreation Management Committee on operating levels at Lake Barrington.

General Business
M Crosse indicated that it looks highly likely that the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships will be held in Tasmania, the decision will be made by FIPS Mouche, the International Fly Fishing Federation, in Portugal on 15 April 2016.
Toilets The issue of toilets at Dago Point and boat ramps to followed up.
M Stevens reported that Bernacchi Lodge is being completely refurbished and will soon be available for hire of accommodation, conference rooms etc
T Byard suggested it is time to re-visit the AAT Code of Practice.

NEXT MEETING Sun 1 May possibly in the NW ?

ACTION LIST
Exec Committee Penstock and Little Pine
Proposal to IFS/MAST/Hydro on boating regulations

Webcams
Meet with BOM to discuss weather stations on webcam sites
Presentation with Red Jelly to major sponsor for webcams
Submission to MAST/IFS/Hydro for webcam sponsorship
Follow up other possible sponsors

HOF
Review selection criteria

Toilets at boat ramps
Develop a costed proposal for possible funding application.
GF Invite Forico to next GM

DE Invite David Ikedife to GM’s
Site visit with TByard/Hydro to Lake St Clair Lagoon
Letter to Parks/MAST re boat ramp at Lake St Clair
Support letter to MAST for Lester Franks for bathymetric charts

AAT Genneral Meeting 8/11/15

Present

Gary France Chair, Terry Byard Vice Chair, John Broomby Northern Forum, Howard Jones BOD Sports Anglers, Alan Gordon BOD Sports Anglers, Michael Caminada Independent North, Keith Symons Independent South, Denis Edwards, John Diggle Director IFS, Greg Carson and David Ikedife Hydro.

 

Apologies

Malcolm Crosse, Mike Stevens , Charles Thompson, Sheryl Thompson, Phil Williams, Adrian Hope

 

Water level management Bronte, Little Pine, Penstock and St Clair Lagoons

Prior to addressing anglers concerns of fluctuating water levels of the above waters, Greg Carson and David Ikedife from Hydro indicated that Hydro want to have more engagement with anglers, and where possible accommodate anglers preferred water levels during the fishing season.

Some notes of opinions from Ken Orr, Bill Beck, Malcolm Crosse, Kingborough Anglers Association and the Tasmanian Fly Tyers Club were tabled and Greg Carson explained the operations affecting the water level regime.

Obviously the operation of the outlet gates is critical in controlling levels and it was suggested that they may not be monitored frequently enough, and that more frequent monitoring should be implemented, enabling the water levels to be more finely tuned and better controlled.   The Bronte gates will be automated in the next year or two and there is an opportunity for angler’s preferences to be incorporated in the programming and also to be used to inform the revised Hydro/ IFS MOU. AAT is to formalise its member’s opinions and submit these to Hydro for consideration by the end of November.

With the cost of automating the gates between $200,000 and $500,000 there are no plans to automate Little Pine or St Clair lagoons in the next 5 years.

Greg Carson warned of the dire shortage of water, with inflows over the last year being

half the normal and during October one quarter the normal, but all efforts would be made to keep the lagoons topped up.

The effort Greg and Dave made to attend the meeting was much appreciated and AAT looks forward to an ongoing positive relationship with Hydro.

 

Minutes of previous meeting

Motion: “to accept the minutes of the meeting held 19 July 2015 at Zeps Campell Town”

Moved: J Broomby   Seconded: Terry Byard

 

Financials

Financial statement was tabled showing at the 6 Nov 2015

AAT Westpac TRADING A/C 17-1550           $   8,112.78 CR

AAT Westpac GRANT A/C     47-7934           $ 12,311.01 CR

AAT WEBCAM A/C is in the process of being set up

HOF MyState A/C     727 3178                 $ 1,588.95 CR

The 2014/15 Annual Audit by Michael J Muller was tabled.

Motion: “That the Financial Statement and the 2014/15 Audit be accepted”

Moved: K Symons   Seconded: T Byard

MYOB accounting software has been purchased and has been kindly set up by Roger Butler.

The AAT business is becoming more complex and this will facilitate easier keeping of records, GST payments etc and will reduce the Auditors fees.

 

Inland Fisheries Service Report

John Diggle tabled the comprehensive IFS Report, which was well received, and it included the following —

Carp Funding

Low rainfall and low lake levels

Angling Licence Compliance

Whitebait poaching

Recent Biosecurity Concerns

Derwent River Spawning Trout Trap

Rare fish found at Woods Lake

Legislation

Carp Report

Anglers Access

Talbots Lagoon

South Rianna Dam

Farm dam stocking for Public Fishing

Licencing and Administration

IFS Annual Report was tabled

IFAC report

Fisheries Habitat Improvement Fund

Compliance

Hatchery and Stocking

Attendances at Club Events, Meetings and Dinners

Junior Angling Day

Terry Byard reported on the success of the statewide Junior Anglers Day held on Sun 11 Oct at Frombergs Dam, Ulverstone; Taylors Dam, Latrobe; Waverley Lake, Launceston and at the Juniors Pond , Bushy Park. Media coverage in papers, radio and TV resulted in good numbers of children participating (approx. 100 at each venue) and stocking of the venues by IFS ensured good catch rates.

The inaugural event involved a huge amount of work by Terry Byard with great support from Gary France with the assistance of the many volunteers much appreciated. It was felt that it should become an annual event with improvements as a result of feedback ( eg more toilets; schedule so as not to clash with the Bathurst motor racing weekend; etc)

Talbots Lagoon

John Diggle reported that access negotiations with Forico are going well and that this will be viewed by Forico as an important trial, before they consider granting access to other properties.

Four Springs

IFS is discussing disabled access with Forico.

Bushfest Bothwell Sat21 Sun 22 Nov

T Byard has site booked and trailer organised, DE to liase with Highlands Council and TGALT .

 

Webcams

Email from M Crosse reported that all cameras are operating normally and Four Springs camera will be upgraded with the original repaired camera, in the next month.

Fine tuning (including horizon adjustments) is planned for Arthurs and Great Lake cameras.

Future installations to be discussed.

More effort needed on securing sponsorship and it was suggested at the meeting that a phone hookup with MC,TB, GF, DE should review the matter.

 

Correspondence

Lake Barrington Email tabled from Kentish Council regarding vacancy on the Recreation Management Committee. John Broomby will step in to fill the vacancy.

Lake Sorell  Email tabled from David Toohey, President of the West Hobart Angling Club expressing disappointment at the continued lack of maintenance of the toilet facilities , the ongoing weed and rubbish problems.

Resolved that AAT to write to the Minister.

Russell River Email tabled from Geoffrey Swan detailing the degradation of the Russell River below the Huon Aquaculture hatchery, which he states is a result of effluent discharge, from the Huon Aquaculture hatchery, that persists despite a number of EPN’s being served.

There seems to be some doubt if a full circulation system is being used as claimed.

AAT to write to Minister and EPA.

Arthurs Lake water levels Email Dan van Holst Pellekaan tabled seeking information on the proposed operating regime. AAT have replied and this was also tabled.

Carp Funding AAT letter to Greg Hunt tabled seeking continued funding for IFS carp eradication program.

Forestry and Forico Emails tabled seeking stakeholder input to proposed derogation of pesticides. AAT position remains the same and submission to reflect this.

EPA Notification Procedure for Pollution Incidents and Fish Kills was tabled . Howard Jones suggested the information be put in a smaller format that could be put in anglers gloveboxes.

Mossy Marsh Access Hydro have agreed to a Licence Agreement to allow an AAT key on the boom gate giving vehicle access to the dam wall. M Caminada will consider a workable approach to key location etc

Lake Dulverton media release tabled

 

General Business

J Broomby suggested that in order to have a more active Committee any long term meeting absentees should be replaced as required by the Constitution.

A Gordon reported on the poor health of the Break O’Day River, the absence of mayflies and low numbers of fish

M Caminada reported the poor quality of water, and inedible fish at Brushy Lagoon

T Byard suggested that the Constitution amendment “ Independent angler representatives should not be members of or aligned with any angling club or group” be included in the agenda at the next GM.

The HOF ‘Management Notes ’and ‘Selection Criteria’ should also be discussed by the HOF Committee and finalised for submission to the AAT Exec Committee by the end of December to enable adoption at the Feb.GM.

M Caminada suggested that a thank you letter be sent to Hydro for attending the meeting.

 

NEXT MEETING will be on Sunday 21 Feb at the Miena Community Hall

 

ACTION LIST

Exec Committee   Submission to Hydro on preferred lagoon levels by end of November

HOF Management Notes and Selection Criteria

 

DE                                   

Bushfest arrangements

Letter to Minister re Russell River

Phone hookup to discuss webcam funding

Submission to Forestry and Forico re proposed derogation

Replacement Committee members

Thank you letter to Hydro                   

 

 

 

  

 

AAT General Meeting July 2015

ANGLERS ALLIANCE TASMANIA

MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING
10am Sunday 19 July 2015, Zeps Campbell Town

Present
Gary France Chair, Terry Byard Vice Chair, Malcolm Crosse Exec Committee, Mike Stevens Exec Committee, Sheryl Thompson Chair Anglers Hall of Fame, Ray Aitshinson Hall of Fame Committee, John Broomby Northern Forum, Charles Thompson NWFA, Bruce Gilham Corralin FFand Casting Assoc, Christopher Cohen Corralin FF and Casting Assoc, Howard Jones BOD Sports Anglers, Alan Gordon BOD Sports Anglers, Adrian Hope Tas FF Assoc, Phil Blizzard Tas FF Asssoc, Michael Caminada Independent North, Keith Symons Independent South, John Diggle Director IFS .

Apologies
Phil Williams, Roger Butler, John Smith

Minutes of previous meeting
Motion: “to accept the minutes of the meeting held 3 May 2015 at Zeps Campell Town”
Moved: J Broomby Seconded: S Thompson

Matters arising
>C Thompson advised that the Rosebery pontoon had been approved
> S Thompson enquired on progress with the Fisheries Habitat Fund
> The process of TWWHA Draft Plan was discussed
>C Thompson reported that Lake Lea negotiations with Parks are continuing
>H Jones enquired on AAT’s contact with EPA

Financials
The financial report was presented at todays AGM

Inland Fisheries Service Report
John Diggle tabled the comprehensive IFS report and this is available on the AAT website.
The report included the following –
Carp Funding
Developing the southern freshwater fishery
Opening of Brown Trout waters for 2015/16
Brushy Lagoon stocking issues
Compliance
Talbots Lagoon developments
Farm dam stocking
Protection of the Clarence Galaxias
River Derwent spawning trap
Tooms Lake fishery performance assessment
Carp update
Shannon Lagoon
Angler Access – South Esk , Derwent River and Talbots Lagoon
Recreational Boating Fund projects
Pumphouse Point access
Licencing and Administration
Hatchery and Stocking
Brown trout spawning run
Carp funding AAT to lobby politicians
H Jones inquired when Pioneer Dam will be stocked by IFS
Clean Up Aust Day, 6 March 2016, clubs to be made aware of the benefits

Webcams
M Crosse reported on the webcam installation, operational and maintenance costs review that highlighted the need for more sponsorship income for cameras.

Battery and antenna upgrades have been done where necessary and a faulty camera at Four Springs replaced. This has raised the issue of the need for a small stock of spare parts to ensure continuity of webcam operation, and it was agreed that to start this process a new camera should be purchased.

The possibility of showing all cameras on one screen to be investigated

Sponsorship possibilities were discussed and included –
Possible sponsorship for a group of cameras
Major and minor sponsors with major sponsor at bottom of image
Approach MaST for ongoing sponsorship
Possibility of club donations
2 year and 5 year sponsorships
Mainland sponsors eg The Fly Fisher
Equipment suppliers eg Scientific Anglers
Spirit of Tasmania

Clarendon Casting Pool
M Stevens presented an outline of the proposed $50,000 project at Clarendon on the South Esk which includes trout ponds for kids and casting, and anglers access to be done with Neil Morrow as part of the South Esk Anglers Access project.
Any donations would be gratefully received and it was moved by M Crosse that AAT could contribute $3000, this was seconded by B Gilham.
Other suggestions were that clubs could donate, and that it would be a great spot for a webcam with the Fly Fishing Museum as a possible sponsor.

Junior Angling Day, Sun 11 Oct 2015
T Byard summarised progress and outlined the following items that require action –
> Venue finalisation
> Briefing notes for media
>Advertising/ media campaign to include Southern Cross, radio, angling columns, website, facebook etc. Email all clubs
>Check insurances esp. for private waters
>Registration process : under 14’s only; adults to accompany kids ; information sheet for parents
> Fishing gear
Liawenee Open Day
Following discussions on the possibility of AAT taking on the junior fish out it was decided that it would be a big commitment, that logistics should be considered and that a decision should not be made for 1-2 years .
Location of AAT stand to be discussed with Mark Asplin IFS

Bushfest 21/22 Nov 2015
AAT/TGALT to share a stand and volunteers for the 2days needed.

Hall of Fame
S Thompson reported that everything was running smoothly and that the next inductions will be in 2017.
Sponsorships are being persued, budgeting being done and the Youl plaque is close to being finalised.
It was suggested that an honour board for paid personnel (unable to be nominated because of the selection criteria) be considered.
The notes on suggested operating guidelines and selection criteria were tabled and it was felt by some that they were too open and needed to be more specific.

Correspondence
TGALT letter tabled thanking AAT for their donation to the 150th Photographic Competition.
Hydro Pieman Draft Plan tabled and phone numbers for Adrian Hope and C Thompson to passed on to Hydros project co-ordinator Nicole Sheriff.
Tasmanian Conservancy letter tabled regarding the Clarence Galaxias recovery project on Skullbone Plains. Mike Stevens offered to represent the AAT.
Fishing Habitat Fund letter to Rae and Partners regarding progress tabled together with their reply.
AAT’s response to theTWWHA Draft Management Plan tabled
Telstra sponsorship letter seeking sponsorship tabled
Forestry 3yr plan tabled
Scientific Anglers fly line day fly tabled
Shooters and Fishers Party letter tabled , a reply to be sent indicating that AAT does not want to be involved.

General Business
C Thompson presented the streamside car stickers that the NWFC use.
H Jones raised the question on the jurisdiction of estuarine waters and J Diggle indicated that the Inland Waters Act can include estuarine waters.
H Jones inquired if the freshwater hatcheries operating regulations are being looked at and
J Diggle indicated that they are and that the Russell River as being made more fully
re-circulating .
A Gordon reported the very poor condition of the Scamander River and discussion indicated the cause may be lack of rainfall with flows causing a layering of salt and fresh water.

NEXT MEETING will be in Nov (date to TBA) at the Australian Fly Fishing Museum, Clarendon

ACTION LIST
Exec Committee Clean Up Australia Day publicity
Junior Anglers Day
Position on Derwent Valley Railway

MC Possibility of all webcams on one screen

TB Constitution ammendments

DE Invite EPA for November GM
Website updates
Carp Funding letter
Approach MaST for ongoing funding
Telstra sponsorship