(QldGovSpin) Cape York kids hooked on fishing

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 06/08/2004 - 00:19

The Queensland Government hopes indigenous kids in Cape York can polish their fishing skills at a fishing camp to be conducted by the Daradgee Environmental Education Centre, Primary Industries and Fisheries Minister Henry Palaszczuk said.

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Primary Industries & Fisheries, Henry Palaszczuk
primaryindustries@cabinet.qld.gov.au
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02/08/04

Visiting Innisfail as part of the Queensland Government's Community Cabinet today, the Minister said that the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) is keen to encourage and educate children in the values of responsible recreational fishing.

Local Member for Mulgrave Warren Pitt and Mr Palaszczuk presented rods and reels to representatives from the Daradgee Environmental Education Centre for the proposed clinic on Cape York.

"Kids fishing clinics are a great opportunity for children to learn how to catch fish in a responsible way,"

Mr Palaszczuk said. "The clinics not only show children how to bait a hook and cast a line, they also teach them environmental awareness."

"I understand that the Daradgee Environmental Education Centre's fishing camp will include involvement with Marine Studies at Innisfail High School and the Innisfail Coast Guard.

"This is an excellent educational opportunity for the kids from the Cape. I commend the Daradgee Centre for their initiative in providing a four-day camp," he said.

Every child who attends the fishing clinic will receive a free rod, reel and tackle as well as hat and educational material from DPI&F.

The DPI&F has funded and conducted several community based kids fishing clinics since November 2003. Over 650 children have participated and learnt life-long fishing skills.

Media contact: Sue Tierney 3239 3007

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