MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING
10am Sunday 28 Feb 2016, Great Lake Community Hall
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
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
David Ikedife from Hydro to be invited to AAT meetings.
HOF Committee tabled proposed selection criteria for consideration by Exec Committee.
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.
Talbots Lagoon Anglers Access
IFAC new appointments
Legislation. Policy and Native Fish Conservation
Native Fish Conservation
Anglers Access including Talbots, South Riana Dam, Low lake level boat access, Clean Up
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.
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 –
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.
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
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.
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 ?
Exec Committee Penstock and Little Pine
Proposal to IFS/MAST/Hydro on boating regulations
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
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
Hydro have informed AAT that the earthworks that are currently being undertaken at the irrigation outlet are to allow Tasmanian Irrigation (TI) to access water down to 947.5 m, which is the agreed cease to take level. When construction was originally being undertaken by TI, water levels in the lake were high (only a few cm off spill), and as a result excavation works on the intake could not be completed. Water levels in the lake are now lower allowing TI to complete this work.
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.
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
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 —
Low rainfall and low lake levels
Angling Licence Compliance
Recent Biosecurity Concerns
Derwent River Spawning Trout Trap
Rare fish found at Woods Lake
South Rianna Dam
Farm dam stocking for Public Fishing
Licencing and Administration
IFS Annual Report was tabled
Fisheries Habitat Improvement Fund
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)
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.
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 .
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.
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
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
Exec Committee Submission to Hydro on preferred lagoon levels by end of November
HOF Management Notes and Selection Criteria
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
The state wide Junior Angling Day recently conducted by Anglers Alliance Tasmania proved to be a resounding success. Held on 11 October at venues in Ulverstone, Latrobe, Launceston and Bushy Park, the event attracted strong interest from children accompanied by parents and/or relatives. Great numbers were reported from all venues with approximately 450 junior anglers participating. Approximately 250 fish were caught which meant that about half of the junior anglers caught a fish.
Anglers Alliance Vice Chair and organiser Terry Byard said that the success of the day was largely due to the great support provided by the local angling groups who managed and controlled each venue. AAT will undertake a review of the day and in due course decide if the event will be repeated as a state wide event in 2016.
Anglers Alliance Tasmania is co-ordinating a free State wide junior angling day on 11 October 2015. The day will feature a number of locations across the state being stocked with trout by the Inland Fisheries Service for juniors 17 years of age and under to experience the good chance of catching a wily trout. This day will also be a great opportunity for children who are interested in fishing but don’t necessarily come from a fishing family, to come along and receive some guidance from experienced anglers on how they might approach trout fishing. Bait and some fishing gear will be provided along with giveaways and soft drinks. All parents need to do is to bring the kids along between 10am and 3pm to one of the following venues:
11 October 2015
Frombergs Dam, Bass Highway, Ulverstone
Contact: Craig Viney 0419 370 121
Taylors Dam (opposite Anvers), Latrobe
Contact: Peter Maloney 0419 871 131
Waverley Lake (near Waverley Primary School ), Launceston
Contact: Gary France 0418 875 001
New Norfolk Anglers Junior Pond at Bushy Park
Contact: Justin Causby 0439 737 144