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

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Thousands raised at 6th annual fishing fundraiser

30 September 2015

Wet and soggy conditions for the first day of the competition did nothing to dampen the spirits of the 1,100 competitors at this year’s Lake Burrendong Classic fishing competition, who turned out to raise tens of thousands of dollars to improve the region’s waterways.

Anglers travelled from as far away as Longreach, Maryborough and Southern Victoria to compete for their share in over $50,000 in donated prizes that were rounded up by the volunteer IWRA committee.

In its sixth year, sponsorship of the not for profit event was up by almost twenty percent, with contributions of both cash and donated goods piling in from eighty-one contributing businesses across the Central West.

Misty, damp conditions greeted contestants on the first day of competition, with some choosing to brave the very English-like weather, whilst others chose to sit it out and enjoy time with family and friends under tarps, in tents or underneath the event marquee.

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Another successful fundraiser

30 September 2014

Inland Waterways Rejuvenation Association has seen significant growth in 2014, with the group not only continuing on going native fish restocking efforts in central western NSW, but also moving to undertake major river habitat replenishment projects.

The volunteer group was slected by the NSW State government to administer and install key fish habitat in the Macquarie River in 2014. The $20,000 project that is now well advanced will see approximately 25-40 critical native fish habitat snags installed at 12 sites along the Macquarie River. The I.W.R.A volunteer committee is providing the additional funding required to complete the habitat woks, and is also working closely with NSW Fisheries to complete the large scale river health project. The re-snagging venture involves sourcing suitable large native hardwood trees, transportation via trucks to the selected sites, and the strategic placement of the trees into suitable riverine locations with heavy machinery. Snags are a crucial part of a healthy river, as they provide a safe place for fish to live, rest and breed, and are a vital ingredient that ensures a healthy river for future generations.

I.W.R.A has grown and developed into a serious volunteer action unit that can take on very important major river health projects such as the aforementioned re-snagging project. I.W.R A has grown at a rapid rate since first starting out with a small raffle down the main street of Dubbo in 2008.

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Twelve Hundred fishers take to the water

30 January 2013

Over twelve hundred fishers took to the waters of Lake Burrendong for the 4th annual Canobolas Marine Lake Burrendong Classic to not only compete for their share in $50,000 in prizes, but to also raise funds to better our waterways.

 Warm sunshine greeted entrants on both Easter Friday and Saturday, although the perfect conditions didn't do much to bring the fish on the bite with anglers reporting much tougher fishing than in years gone by. Persistence and simply just keeping a line in the water seemed to be the only way to get results for both visiting and local fisho's alike.

 Even with the tough conditions, some impressive fish were still recorded on the leader board throughout both days of competition. Many anglers reported a run in with Burrendong's big Murray Cod, but the green fish proved too good, ensuring that the cod fishers failed to trouble the scorers all weekend after a few reported cases of pulled hooks, snapped line and straightened trebles.

 Previous years has seen the Lake Burrendong State Park tip truck piled high with Redfin, however in 2013 they were almost un findable, with the biggest bag of Redfin totalling 4 being taken by Liam Haron. The carp section saw a winning bag of 29 brought to the marshals by Mark George, with Jim Stanford winning the senior carp section with a "Burrendong Barramundi" measuring 76.5cm, and Patrick Allen winning the juniors with a mud marlin that measured 74cm.

 The IWRA organising committee would like to thank the 70 sponsoring businesses from across the central west that amalgamated to form the $50,00 prize pool for this year’s event, and will soon announce some new initiatives that will be undertaken with funds raised by the Not for profit Burrendong Classic.

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