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Agency to the rescue

Fishing contest thrown lifeline

Community service agency Wimmera Uniting Care is positioning itself to take over Horsham’s annual Labour Day weekend fishing contest.

The agency, the fourth-largest community organisation of its type in Victoria, has recognised the iconic charity fundraiser as a high-value community event and discussed options with contest organisers.

Wimmera Uniting Care chief executive officer Barrie Elvish, deputy chief executive Leeanne Thomson and marketing and media team leader Adele Rohde met with committee representatives on Monday.

Mr Elvish said the community event was a huge asset to the region and every effort should be made to ensure its sustainability.

“Not only is this a wonderful family event for locals and people who travel from across the country but it’s a major fundraiser for some of the region’s not-for-profit community groups,” he said.

“It would be a real shame to lose that.”

A growing workload for a shrinking volunteer organising committee has placed the annual Horsham Fishing Contest, which has generated millions of dollars for community groups and the Horsham economy since 1972, in jeopardy.

Mr Elvish said Wimmera Uniting Care had asked for copies of the committee’s financial reports to asses the best way of going forward.

“It might be that our agency, with help from other service groups such as Horsham Apex Club, takes over the running of the competition with the help of the current committee,” he said.


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Posted on Jul 30 2014

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1 Comment for “Agency to the rescue”

  1. Ice

    I much prefer intormafive articles like this to that high brow literature.

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