Coast fishing comp cancelled

BREAKING: The Capricorn Coast’s popular Tight Lines Fishing Classic has been cancelled this year due to a lack of volunteers and funding.

In an announcement today, Yeppoon Coast Guard Flotilla Commander Chris Penglase said organising the event and earning local business support was a labour-intensive task for the few volunteers available.

“Our normal work of radio watch, rescues and medical evacuations, regular public education classes and routine vessel and building maintenance are being carried out by fewer and fewer volunteers,” he said.

“We struggled to stage the event last year with around 30 volunteers and although we intended to outsource much for this year’s event, we still had the huge organisational workload being carried by only a couple of members.”

The Yeppoon Coast Guard receives less than 10% of its operating budget in government funding and needs to raise the balance by donations and members’ fundraising efforts.

The highly successful event was scheduled for August 12 to 14 and was the organisation’s major fundraiser. Mr Penglase said the announcement was “sadly ironic” following National Volunteer Week, and the committee’s emphasis was now on a vigorous membership drive to encourage recruitment of active volunteers.

He said Tight Lines would be back in August 2012, held adjacent to the operation centre at the Rosslyn Bay Harbour.



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