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Hook, line and sinker! Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox is elated that Lake Proserpine/Peter Faust Dam has been selected to host the opening round of the Australian Fishing Championships in November.
Mayor Willcox said hosting Series XIII of the Australian Fishing Championships was a coup for the Whitsunday Region.
“The event is the absolute pinnacle of tournament fishing in Australia and the opening round at Lake Proserpine will be televised and promoted nationally giving wonderful exposure for the region,” Cr Willcox said.
“Only last week I moved a Mayoral Minute that council undertakes a comprehensive Proserpine Sustainability and Future Growth Master Plan including the township area and Lake Proserpine/Faust Dam surrounds.
“On a recent trip to Brisbane, Council and Tourism Whitsundays held productive talks with Sun Water regarding our joint vision for Lake Proserpine and opportunities to improve and expand infrastructure.
“Working in partnership with Tourism Whitsundays, this council is keen to see increased visitation to the Proserpine region,” he said
Tourism Whitsundays CEO, Craig Turner, said promoting tourism experiences based around fishing was an opportunity to highlight the natural environment of the Whitsundays and the great diversity of fishing on offer.
“From the Great Barrier Reef, to the 74 islands or the lure of barramundi at Lake Proserpine, the Whitsunday Region has it all for the recreational anglers,” he said.
“Building and promoting tourism experiences based around fishing presents another opportunity to showcase our world-class beauty and natural environments.
Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk said her government was a big supporter as fishing is part of the Queensland lifestyle, and Queensland fishing opportunities are one of the State’s tourism attractions which have never been fully recognised.