Supporting Recreational Fishing = Supporting Jobs in the Territory

13 August 2018

The Darwin Game Fishing Club has received a $50,000 grant from the Territory Labor Government to support the costs of running the Darwin Boat, Travel and Leisure Show, which highlights the goods and services offered by local businesses.

The money was granted through the government’s new $1 million Recreational Fishing Grants Scheme, which Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, announced in May this year. The grant scheme is part of the Territory Labor Government’s election commitment of a $50 million investment in recreational fishing.

Quotes from Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles:

“Investing in recreational fishing is an investment in growing our economy – in 2010 the recreational fishing sector was valued at $80 million. The industry supports jobs in regional and remote areas, and growing the sector will create more jobs.

“The Recreational Fishing Grants scheme provides funding for a range of projects that support the growth of recreational fishing, from educational programs and fishing clinics to habitat restoration and minor fishing infrastructure projects – things such as fish-cleaning tables and fishing shelters.

“The Darwin Boat, Travel and Leisure Show is a one-stop shop for fishing, travel and outdoor needs, and the perfect place to find everything you need to enjoy our great Territory lifestyle. Heaps of local businesses will be there, and my Department of Primary Industry and Resources will have an NT Fisheries stand with everything you need to know about fishing.

“So whether you like fishing, camping, boating or simply travelling through our astonishing landscapes, this is the place to be. Get down to Marrara Stadium from August 18-19 and support the local businesses taking part.”

Quotes from Darwin Game Fishing Club Event Coordinator, Debbie Halpin:

“The NT Government support was critical to the continuation of this event, which is now in its fourth year and will be focusing on Top End businesses, including Darwin, Groote Eylandt and East Arnhem.

“The Darwin Boat, Travel and Leisure Show will provide the community with the opportunity to find all their boating, camping and leisure needs in one spot, and will feature the biggest display of boats in one place in the NT.

“The Berkley Super Tank will again be on display and you will be able to see how barramundi react to lures in a 30-foot Perspex tank.”

Media Contact: Leanne Hudson 0427 687 079

Occupants escape injury as plane overshoots runway at Lake Evella Airport at Gapuwiyak

THE occupants of a Fly Tiwi charter from Darwin escaped injury after a reported crash at Gapuwiyak on Thursday.

Lake Evella Airport emergency services were on scene shortly before 1pm but it is understood there were no injuries.

A NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said while details were scant, it appeared the plane had overshot the runway.

The airport is located in northeast Arnhem Land, about 500km east of Darwin and 120km west of Nhulunbuy.

The near miss comes after a catastrophic light plane crash claimed the lives of two pilots in Darwin’s rural area in October last year.

That incident remains under investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau but it is believed that landing gear on the Fly Tiwi charter from Darwin did not lower correctly.