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IMPROVING BASS FISHERY
The native fish of Sydney’s waterways were celebrating on 2
June as Bass Sydney Fishing Club clocked up their 1,000th hour
of volunteer labour devoted to improving the health of rivers and
creeks that their icon – the majestic Australian Bass call home.
“Our Club is not your usual fishing club,” Alan Izzard, Club
“ We don’t just enjoy fishing for Australian Bass but we do
whatever we can to help improve the Bass fishery – we’re putting
something back,” he said
The tree planting day on the banks of the Nepean River at
Russell Street, Emu Plains brings the total number of hours they
have dedicated to restoring riverbanks to 1,000 hours.
“ We are really proud of the time we have spent working on
riverbanks – removing invasive weeds and planting native trees;
providing more food and homes for native fish. It’s hard work,
but it’s really social and we’ve all learnt new skills. It also means
we can enjoy our local fishing spots more and the Bass and the
river benefit too,” Izzard said.
Bass Sydney have also been involved in projects to restore
fish passage on the Georges, Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers
and other riverbank restoration projects South Creek, the Grose
and Nepean and Lane Cove Rivers.
Bass Sydney founded in 1981 was the proud recipient of the
inaugural ‘Habitat Hero Award’ at the 2012 Recreational Fishing
Conference in Brisbane.
“ Their dedication to making a real difference is inspiring,” said
Charlotte Jenkins, Fisheries Manager, NSW DPI Fisheries. “ The
members of Bass Sydney Fishing Club are true habitat heroes.”
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MARINE RESCUE NSW VOLUNTEERS
HONOURED ON QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY
Three volunteers from Marine Rescue NSW have been
recognised for their commitment to saving lives on the water
and service to the NSW boating community in this year’s
Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Doug Musker, Norman Smith and Richard Taffs have been
awarded the Emergency Service Medal.
Musker is a former Illawarra Regional Director on the Marine
Rescue NSW Board and Unit Commander of Marine Rescue
Ulladulla, of which he remains an active member. Smith is a
long-serving member of Marine Rescue Central Coast and Taffs
is an original Director of MRNSW and the Unit Commander
of Marine Rescue Wooli on the North Coast.
MRNSW Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey congratulated
the three members on the national recognition of their
distinguished ser vice.
“ The three recipients of these prestigious awards represent
all of our volunteers who make a valuable contribution to the
safety and wellbeing of our community without any expectation
of reward or recompense. We say thank you to them all. They
are a credit to our organisation.”
QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY GONG
Australian boat industry icon Bill Barry-
Cotter says he was surprised to receive a
Member of the Order of Australia award in
the Queen’s Birthday honours list announced
at the weekend.
The award was for significant service
to the maritime construction industry, to
powerboat racing and as a benefactor and
supporter of charitable organizations.
“It came as a surprise to me and I feel very humbled by it,” he
said. “I love doing what I do and over a period of 50 years you just
get on with it and keep doing what you like. Boat manufacturing
has been my whole life and the role I have played in the industry
has been done out of passion and commitment to it.
“I never expected to be given any sort of accolade, but an
award such as this does make you reflect and take stock.
“I am fortunate that I have a talented and devoted team
working along with me and we are producing a product that is
world class. It’s nice to be recognised for that.”
The members of Bass Sydney Fishing Club are true habitat heroes.
Tree planting on the banks of the Nepean River.
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