AAT Minutes General Meeting May 2017

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10am Sunday 28 May 2017Man O’Ross Hotel, Ross   PresentGary France Chair, Terry Byard Vice Chair, Malcolm Crosse Exec Committee John Broomby Exec Committee , Charles Thompson NWFA, Bruce Heathcote NWFA, Kerry Hays Penguin Anglers Club, Howard Jones BOD Sports Anglers, Alan Gordon BOD Sports Anglers, Bruce Gilham Corralin FF and Casting Assoc, John Francis  STLAA, Keith Symons Indep South, Roger Butler TGALT, Denis Edwards Exec Officer, Chris Colley Parks and Wildlife, Tim Farrell IFS ApologiesAdrian Hope, Michael Caminada, Wayne Ballette Minutes of  previous meeting and matters arisingMotion : “to accept the minutes of the previous meeting held on 26 Feb 2017 at the Great Lake Community Centre”Moved : Terry Byard    Seconded : John Broomby Matters arising :J Broomby in enquired on the progress of the bumper stickersJ Broomby reported that Hydro have still to make a decision on the possible use of PaloonaM Crosse objected to the need for a Parks Pass to fish in National ParksC Thompson reported that proposed new roads at Lake Lea to access private land will not offer access to a possible boat ramp Financials The bank balances for all AAT accounts were tabled showing the balances at 26 May were : GRANT A/C             037-001 477934                                                  $8,471.84 HOF A/C                037-010 259330                                                     $   736.61 TRADING A/C        037-009 171550                                                   $6,527.41 WEBCAM A/C       037-010 259322                                                    $2,804.39 With the $60,000 South Esk Anglers Access project almost complete the grant account will be fully expended and replaced by the $52,800 grant for toilets at Penstock and Bronte. Motion :  “That the financial statement be accepted”Moved :    R Butler     Seconded : M Crosse TWWHAChris Colley, Regional Manager North, Parks and Wildlife Service gave an informative review of the TWWHA Management Plan.Aircraft are excluded from the Nineteen Lagoons which is a Recreation Zone and also the Wilderness Zone; however there is provision for landing in the Visitor Service Zones , Recreation Zones and up to five landing sites in the Self-Reliant Recreation Zone – all subject to certain conditions. See zoning map attached.All EOI proposals go through the Co-ordinator General’s office and face rigorous environmental impact studies prior to approval. Parks know of no proposals to date.A suggested Code of Practice for aircraft movement by John Broomby was tabled and led to discussion of desirable outcomes.Chris Colley suggested that AAT make representation to the General Manager of Parks to seek input into the review process for any EOI’s . Inland Fisheries Service ReportTim Farrell presented a comprehensive report which is available on the AAT websiteThe report included the following :Trout Weekend reportSpawning runSuccessful Community Infrastructure Fund projectsCarp management program and Carp Workshop reportSouth Esk Anglers Access will be open for 2017-18 season RBF applicationsRiver Leven willow removalFour Springs maintenance and angling platformContinued flood damage repair to anglers accessNavigation lights repairsNative fish conservationPest fishCompliance reportHatchery and Stocking Tasmanian Inland Recreation Fisheries Management Plan 2018- 28Tim Farrell tabled an Issues Paper and explained the rationale behind it was to simplify regulation and to consult more widely. Comments from clubs or individuals need to in by16 June for consideration in the Draft 2018-28 Plan due out in August 2017.email  infish@ifs.tas.gov.au The following proposals were discussed :The three management classes for the fisheryProposed changes to bag limits on rivers and lakes Stocking policyPossible additional ‘all year” watersRegulatory changes during the 2008-18 Plan to be included Masters GamesMalcolm Crosse discussed the possible venues and logistics and requested that the Games be advertised on the AAT website with the need for controllers especially from NW Clubs Bronte water levelsHydro and IFS are working on an agreement for an MOU.AAT to raise members concerns at their meeting with Hydro on 31 May World Fly Fishing ChampionshipsMalcolm Crosse gave a rundown on organisational matters including transport, possible venues, number of participants, accommodation, budget, sponsors, and the opportunity to push the Tasmanian fishery.Volunteers are needed as controllers at the five venues with possibly one club adopting one  venue – ie five clubs needed.A new webpage on the AAT site to be developed with a link to the World Fly Fishing Championships website- Fuji Xerox have offered to do the artwork.A fund raising raffle will run for 3years and this could also be advertised on the AAT website AAT Strategic Plan 2018-25Terry Byard reported that the Exec Committee weekend workshop on the 6-7 May at Malcolm Crosses Penstock shack was successful and that the draft plan will be presented at the next GM Fisheries HabitatGary France flagged a future forum on fisheries habitat and performance to be held on Sat 19 Aug 2017 at Campbell Town - details available shortly. Bronte webcam sponsorshipEmail from Devonport Fly Fishing Club wanting to co-sponsor the Bronte webcam with Kingborough Anglers Association – Kingborough to advise AAT St Clair LagoonT Byard and D Edwards to meet on site with Hydro and IFS on Wed 31 to discuss water level regime in the lagoon General BusinessHoward Jones extended an invitation to all freshwater clubs to take part in the Break O’Day Sports Anglers Challenge at St Helens Sat/Sun 17-18 June. ph 0409 969 895 for details.John Francis inquired how the proposed toilets would be serviced and maintained and it was suggested by Roger Butler that relevant government entities could contribute to a  corporate fund for toilet maintenance.Howard Jones contention that an un-sustainable amount of water is being used for irrigationled to a discussion on river degradation caused by the need for large quantities of fertilisers on irrigated low fertility soils, herbicide/pesticide runoff, dairy effluent etc , the need for water management plans on rivers and a means of AAT involvement with the EPA.Terry Byard suggested that with the difficulty of getting an independent representative from the NW it may be necessary not to tie the three indep. reps to a particular geographic area.ry France suggested to try the NW on Facebook before any changes are made.Bruce Heathcote discussed the cost of and alternate ways to service lifejackets.Malcolm Crosse suggested that the Great Lake Fly Tie- In at the Great Lake Community Centre on Sat 14 Oct be advertised on the AAT website, and that the AAT had been invited to have a stall at the event.   ACTION LISTAAT Executive      Strategy Plan 2018-25Include catch and release in Code of PractiseToilet maintenance funding DE                        Letter to Parks seeking TWWHA EIO evaluation representationEmail IFS Management Plan to clubsSet up web page for World FF ChampionshipsBoating Proposals brochure for Penstock and Little Pine, contact MASTabout laying bouysVHF details on website  NEXT MEETING     10 am Sunday 13 Aug 2017