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Whitsunday Regional Council has officially welcomed the Australian Fishing Championships (AFC) Series XIII to Lake Proserpine (also known as Peter Faust Dam) where the best of Australia’s anglers are competing in the opening round of the 2016 competition.
Mayor Andrew Willcox, Councillor Jan Clifford and CEO of Tourism Whitsundays Craig Turner met with the competitors and organisers of the AFC at an official event launch today in Proserpine.
“The Australian Fishing Championships will showcase Lake Proserpine and the Whitsundays as a fishing mecca and help to grow recreational fishing tourism in the region.
“This event will be nationally televised to a huge audience giving valuable exposure for our region.
“From the feedback I have received from the anglers and people involved with the Championships, the Whitsundays will continue to grow as a must-see recreational fishing destination in Australia,” Cr Willcox said.
“Last month Council voted to undertake a comprehensive Proserpine Sustainability and Future Growth Master Plan including the township and the Lake Proserpine/Peter Faust Dam area.
“Events like this are exactly what we need to attract to continue to drive visitation to our region,” he said.
“In conjunction with Tourism Whitsundays we aim to build and promote tourism experiences based around fishing to present yet another opportunity to showcase our world-class beauty and natural environments.
“I applaud the organisers and competitors involved with the Australian Fishing Championships for coming to our region and we look forward to seeing the tournament on television in April 2017.”