Save the Hook Up: fishing competition means money
MORE than $700,000 raised by the Boyne Tannum Hook Up has been injected back into community groups over the competition's 20 years.
Each year thousands of people flock to Bray Park to take part in one of Australia's biggest fishing competitions giving the local economy a boost on a weekend that previously had the region emptied.
The Hook Up was started to give the Boyne Tannum community an event to be proud of, and to stop a mass exodus over the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June.
It is estimated to bring more than $1 million into Central Queensland every year and benefit almost every small business offering boating or fishing-related products, accommodation and food.
Newly appointed Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited CEO Darryl Branthwaite said it would be a shame to see the competition fold because the committee couldn't be filled.
He said the Hook Up was about more than fishing because it showcased our region to visitors from the south-east corner, interstate and even other countries.
"The rate of return visitors to the region has been very high," Mr Branthwaite said.
"Many people who lived in the south-east of the state come up for a fish and some for the school holidays throughout the year.
"This event touches most retail areas and everyone can get a spin-off from fuel and food through to accommodation and dining."