Fishing fundraiser

By Southern Riverina News

Something fishy is happening in Berrigan.

The Berrigan and District Development Association and the Berrigan War Memorial Pool Committee have joined forces for a unique fundraiser, with 200 rainbow trout to be released into the swimming pool next month, for aspiring anglers to catch.

All funds raised from the day will help cover costs associated with running the pool, so it can remain free to use.

Pool committee member Gary Lehre said he raised the fundraising idea for Berrigan after learning about a similar event in Mount Druitt, in Sydney’s west.

‘‘It’s been happening at the Mt Druitt pool for over 20 years and from my understanding it is really popular.

‘‘I live and work next to the pool and for eight months of the year it isn’t used.

‘‘This fishing day gives us the chance to utilise the pool more often rather than it sitting there as a dead duck for when we don’t use it.’’

Mr Lehre said in preparation for the event, the pool has not been treated with chlorine since February.

Among the trout released into the pool for the June 10 event will be five albino trout, which attract a special prize for the lucky anglers to snag them.

Any trout you catch is yours to keep and serve up for a tasty dinner. Each participating angler will be entitled to remove four fish.

The minimum cost to participate in the fundraiser is $10 per person, which entitles you to a day of fishing and the removal of one trout. Each additional fish, up to the set limit, is $7.

Only 150 anglers will be able to participate in the special fishing event, across two fishing sessions. Book at Avalook, Books on Chanter or the Berrigan Caravan Park before May 30. It is free for spectators to attend.