RIG UP: The Festival of the Dams fishing competition will be held at the Boondooma Dam in May.
RIG UP: The Festival of the Dams fishing competition will be held at the Boondooma Dam in May. Claudia Williams

Fishing festival to reel in another catch of tourists

A BRAND new fishing competition will offer anglers another chance to enjoy the fishing and facilities in the South Burnett.

The inaugural Festival of the Dams fishing competition at Lake Boondooma will be held on May 18 and 19.

The South Burnett Regional Council agreed to run the fishing competition for at least the first year during their general meeting on Wednesday, February 20.

The competition, run by Fishing Freshwater on behalf of the council, will cater to people of all ages.

It will run on a catch, photograph and release basis and encourage anglers to stay for the whole weekend and enjoy the family friendly camping and festival environment.

Councillor Terry Fleischfresser said Boondooma Dam and Bjelke-Petersen Dam were both core business extensions of the council.

"This is a new era, new change,” he said.

"We need to make every effort for those businesses to improve, to make money, so we can extend the facilities for everybody to enjoy,” he said.

Councillor Kathy Duff voted against the new competition.

She said the Festival of the Dams may have an impact on the competitions already running at the Boondooma Dam and BP Dam.

"They are concerned this festival, instead of getting more people to the dams, it might undermine their two festivals,” Cr Duff said.

She said she had a meeting with the Boondooma Dam and BP Dam fish stocking groups who were concerned about the competition.

"I think we should've probably had more community consultation with those two groups before we went ahead with this competition,” Cr Duff said.

Councillor Roz Frohloff disagreed.

"I don't reckon it is going to be an issue, a detrimental end to the fish stocking association,” she said.

"We own these two dams and by council getting on board to have a trial of this, will get that money back into council profits, so I think it's a great idea.”

Council CEO Mark Pitt said this inaugural event would be a trial this year to see if the event was successful.

The organisers will report back after the event to decide if the festival will be run in 2020.

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