• Working to make healthy
    waterways for better fishing
    and a better future

  • Working to make healthy
    waterways for better fishing
    and a better future

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Mike O'Neill Citizen of the Year

Mike O'Neill Citizen of the Year

31 January 2017

Mick O’Neill has worked tirelessly over the past 9 years repairing and improving the health of local waterways. He is the co-founder and vice-president of a local not for profit group, Inland Waterways Rejuvenation Association (IWRA).

 Mick has been able to establish a strong volunteer committee of like-minded people who have conducted highly successful fundraising initiatives.  The proceeds of these fundraising efforts are spent on improving the health of the local waterways. In 2016 alone, Mick and the committee orchestrated $60,000 worth of river improvement projects such as re-snagging and contracted weed removal.

 Mick and the committee have also organised restocking and releasing native Murray Cod and Yellow Belly into the region’s waterways.  In 2014 they achieved a restocking milestone for the region and successfully administered the biggest community fish restocking effort ever undertaken in the district.

 

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Thousands raised to repair local waterways

27 April 2016

Beautiful weather, sunshine and perfect conditions for family camping greeted entrants for the 2016 Lake Burrendong Easter Fishing Classic, that saw a crowd of almost 3,000 people in the park and 1,154 entrants take to the water. $50,000 worth of donated prizes were handed out during the fishing competiton, all in the name of a good cause, with the thousands of dollars raised over the weekend all flagged to improve the health of local waterways.

For the first time in Lake Burrendong Classic history, all fish caught and released in the adult section broke the magical 60cm, with the big Golden’s coming out to play and to entertain anglers over the Easter weekend.

On day one of the competition, the Murray Cod didn’t seem to be bothering the score keepers much at all, but the bite window well and truly opened come Sunday morning, with fishers leap frogging each other on the leader board in quick succession in the space of just an hour.

Bait anglers enjoyed removing European Carp from the waterway over the course of the competition, with the biggest bag of carp recorded or the weekend numbering 57 fish. The Redfin were about, but certainly not in the prolific numbers that they have been in for previous competitions, with the biggest catch pulling up at 18 fish.

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Dubbo fisherman Matt Hansen has hooked an award

Dubbo fisherman Matt Hansen has hooked an award

26 October 2015

Dubbo fisherman Matt Hansen has hooked an award at the national Recreational Fishing Conference.

Mr Hansen, who is president of the Inland Waterways Rejuvenation Association, won the Australian Habitat Hero title, presented at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Saturday night.

 A panel of judges from the Australian Fishing Tackle Association  judged the nominees, with entries coming from all states and territories, Mr Hansen said.

 “I was also lucky enough to be asked to give a 10-minute presentation at the Australian National Recreational fishing conference, and presented on the projects and achievements that we have undertaken in the Dubbo and central western NSW region,” he said.

 Other presenters included Paul Worsteling from television’s iFish series, heads of NSW Fisheries departments, and Senator Richard Colbeck, Mr Hansen reported.

 The award winner said in his acceptance speech he wanted to thank the volunteer IWRA committee who gave up their time to improve local waterways and all the local businesses that supported the IWRA through sponsorship.

The IWRA also organises the annual Lake Burrendong Classic.