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Angler Education Kids Fishing Days

2014-15 Sunfish Queensland Grand Projects
Written by Judy Lynne
Created / Updated on Wednesday 14th of September 2016

This year the weather was considerably more favourable to us. Kid’s Fishing Days were run covering coastal, estuarine, fresh water and impoundments. These events were attended by about 978 kids, 208 instructors and coaches and 154 parents and carers. Each child attending received tackle specific to the local conditions. There were taught how to both use that tackle and care for it. On the days, lunch was provided and varied from the traditional sausage sizzle to red claw on the barbie caught that day.

It is impossible to pick out a group that had the most fun. Smiles were enormous on all the faces. In this report I have included a selection of the individual reports from events. From the photos you can see that there were a large cross section of children covering, boys and girls, indigenous and also those from socially, physically and emotionally disadvantaged sectors. For those last three groups, these days are probably the most important. In addition this year we ran a Level 1 Instructor’s Course on the first weekend in May. We now have an additional 13 Level 1 instructors. Those that attended that course have already run events for their organizations. These new instructors came from all across the state, including Mount Isa, Mareeba, Caloundra, Toowoomba, Mackay and the southeast. As an aside, modules from our Level 1 Instructor’s course, that include the templates on which our kid’s fishing days are run have this year been included in the national angler education resource database.

Sunfish Queensland wishes to acknowledge the valuable support provided by the provision of this grant funding. Educating our next generations on the valuable resource that they need to protect is extremely important. Equally important is the ability to pass traditional knowledge and skills onto children that may not have those in their family networks that are able to do so, given the changing demographics in our society. We also can’t forget the tremendous opportunities provided for families with children who have difficult circumstances. These families are discovering a pastime that they can enjoy as a unit, irrespective of physical or emotional disadvantages.

Kind Regards
Judy Lynne
Executive Officer
Sunfish Queensland Inc

2016 Program Report
Created / Updated on Wednesday 14th of September 2016

This program we saw 1287 children attend an event with 876 parents or carers assisting and 311 coaches and instructors. Events were held from one end of the state to the other. Some of these locations were Moreton Island, Bribie Island, Hayes Inlet, Raby Bay, Wivenhoe Dam, Cabbage Tree Creek, Caloundra, Burketown, Cloncurry, Mt. Isa, Dawson River, Paradise Dam, Kearney Springs, Broadwater, Quart Pot Creek, Mareeba, Townsville and Roma Street Parklands. It was a great year with respect to favourable weather and attendance. It was also encouraging to see new organizations running events.

Feedback from attendees, parents, carers, coaches and instructors was unanimously supportive and constructive. In that vein I need to forward on the thanks to Fisheries Queensland and the Minister that were directed through us on the value of this program to their communities.

Download the Program Report 2016 for further details on each event (with photos).

Kids Fishing Days
Created / Updated on Friday 13th of November 2015

These days are run locally by our Member Groups as community activities. They are not Sunfish Qld projects and to obtain information please contact your nearest Sunfish or local fishing club.
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2015/6 Sunfish Kids Fishing Days
This is a list of all dates and locations for 2015/6 Sunfish Kids Fishing Days
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AE Program Report 2016

No additional information is available.

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Kids Fishing Days 2014-15 Report
A 28 page report on the Kids Fishing Days Events for 2014-15
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Program Report 2016
A 28 page document with information about each Program Event.
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