Mayor's Minute: Fishing contest has us hooked

LAUNCHED in June 1996, the Boyne Tannum HookUp is a fantastic local success story.

Now, leading into its 20th instalment on June 5-7, the Hook Up is known nationwide within the fishing fraternity and is billed as Australia's largest family fishing competition.

This event has proved to be a wonderful promotion for the Gladstone region, bringing visitors from throughout Australia to our beautiful part of Queensland.

The Gladstone region's population is forecast to continue to grow exponentially over the next 20 years and I would not be surprised if this wonderful event has played its part in enticing new residents to the area.

In addition to promoting the virtues of the Boyne/Tannum area and the wider Gladstone region to the nation, the Hook Up is also a valuable vehicle in helping local charities raise funds for much needed services and programs.

The extent to which the Boyne Tannum Hook Up has grown is evident by the more than $300,000 worth of prizes and prizemoney that are up for grabs for participants in this year's event.

This kind of growth does occur through blind luck.

It is the result of a dedicated committee, in its various incarnations, and volunteers contributing many hours of hard work to promote the non-profit organisation.

The Hook Up is a major drawcard on the Gladstone region events calendar and I am sure the 20th instalment will continue its amazing run of success.