Volunteers needed to keep Hookup growing
THE biggest community-run fishing competition in the southern hemisphere could be about to become a commercial enterprise.
The Boyne Tannum Hookup turns 20 this year.
And just as the event is reaching its biggest milestone so far, its team of dedicated volunteers has begun to diminish.
More than 30,000 people descend on the Gladstone region every year for the three-day fishing competition over the Queen's Birthday weekend, making it one of the biggest in the world.
Boyne Tannum Hookup Association president Jeff Amos said the 4000 competitors come from all over Queensland, NSW and New Zealand.
For years the event has been supported by a core group of committee members and volunteers.
But now some of those dedicated people are retiring.
Without replacements, the competition will need to rely on a commercial organisation to run the weekend.
For Mr Amos, one the best aspects of the competition is community support and involvement and while using a commercial company instead of volunteers is not the best option, it's one he will take.
"We are determined to keep this competition going, no matter what," Mr Amos said.
"If I have to go to an organisation like Queensland Events, then so be it. But I would love to keep it within the community.
"We want to keep it a community-based event using volunteers."
The association is looking for about six volunteers who "want to be a part of the town and community".
"You don't need to be an expert at anything because we can train people," Mr Amos said.
A meeting will be held on March 17 at 7pm in the Heron Room, Boyne Tannum Community Centre, and anyone interested should attend.