Mother Nature put on a stunning day for the Healthy Together Fishing Competition & Community Day on Wednesday 5 April at Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust. A strong sense of connection to Country and family; it was present from the very beginning, along with the excitement of the friendly competition that was about to take place.
For the early risers, registration began at 6.30am and included breaky, along with information provided by Fisheries Victoria representative, Mark Fletcher and later joined by Jennifer Fletcher from Fishcare Victoria, on the various species and regulated sizes of fish that were available in the beautiful waters of Lake Tyers. Activities on the day included Gippsport's Brenton Dinsdale and Jaquie Nethercote for AFL 9's, Fish Toss Competition and Basketball sessions facilitated by Patricia Preston.
Out of approximately 130 people who participated in the day, by lunchtime, 21 entrants for the Fishing Competition had registered their catch.
Below are the Winning Categories. Congratulations to all!
Primary School (Female) Hannah Finn Dusky Flathead 41.0cm
Primary School (Male) Stevie Hood Bream 36.2cm
Secondary School (Female) Mia Stewart Dusky Flathead 40.4cm
Secondary School (Male) Jirrah Morgan Dusky Flathead 41.0cm
Adult (Female) Brooke Harkensee Dusky Flathead 46.0cm
Adult (Male) Les Ritchie Dusky Flathead 43.3cm
Overall Winner Brooke Harkensee
Secret Weight Oakley Pearce, Aged 3yrs
The East Gippsland Aboriginal Health Consortium, Djillay Ngalu pron. jil lay na lu, hosted the annual event and was co-ordinated by the Djillay Ngalu "Healthy Together" physical activity and wellbeing projects to bring together Community in positive recreation that is Aboriginal culture specific and supports the development of healthy and connected families.
The consortium in East Gippsland comprises of the four Aboriginal Community Controlled Health organisations between Bairnsdale and Orbost and includes GEGAC, Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association, Moogji Aboriginal Council and Lake Tyers Health & Children's Service. The event was funded in part by the Prime Minister and Cabinet with the assistance of supporting service organisations and programs that contributed to making the event a success. To check out more photos of the event, head to East Gippsland Aboriginal Health Consortiums Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/djillay.ngalu/