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Horsham Fishing Competition seeks paid co-ordinator

Horsham’s iconic annual Labor Day fishing competition next year is likely to be in the hands of a paid event co-ordinator.

The move is part of an effort to streamline operations of the big community fundraiser.

A contest committee will start advertising the position from next week.

The event co-ordinator’s responsibilities will include management and administration tasks, sponsorship development and partnerships, grant sourcing and writing, publicity and event logistics.

The move is also in response to a shortage of volunteers needed to run the event, which has pumped millions of dollars into the region’s economy since 1972. The event usually attracts more than 2000 entries from anglers across Victoria and interstate and, in bumper years, a Wimmera River population swells by about 5000 during the long weekend. Next year’s event is on March 6.

Regional businesses donate or subsidise about 50 percent of the prize pool and the competition committee the other half.

Organisers have stressed that a paid co-ordinator must base their management on ‘core values’ that include continued  development of the contest as a family-friendly event, maintaining health of the Wimmera River in Horsham and supporting clubs and service groups across the region.

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Posted on Jul 29 2015

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