TroutFest praised in Parliament

TroutFest president Dot Vickery holding the Community Recognition statement with committee members (standing l to r) Sarah Hunt, Brian MacDonald, Robin Godlonton, James Warren and Michelle Murray
28th Nov 2023

The committee behind the Guyra TroutFest are over the moon
following a Community Recognition Statement which was delivered in the Legislative Assembly by Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall.
The statement recognised the work of the TroutFest committee and volunteers for staging an outstanding weekend of activities.
The event, which was held over the October long weekend, celebrated the commencement of the trout season, along with all that is on offer in the Guyra district for locals and visitors alike.
Mr Marshall read out the statement, which ‘congratulated the committee for coordinating the many events’ and ‘commended all those involved in the successful weekend – events such as this in regional towns cannot function without the ongoing support and commitment their volunteers give.’
Committee President Dot
Vickery said this acknowledgement was a great surprise and a boost to moral for all involved.
“It is good recognition for a small town such as Guyra to be brought up in parliament, particularly as there were only a small number of people behind this event,” she said.
“At the time we were disappointed to not have support from council and hearing these words have given us a boost as we begin planning for next year.
“Our aim was to support businesses in town and I think we pulled that off.
“The business community, really got behind the event, despite a couple of last minute cancellations.
“We have learned a few things and next year’s TroutFest will be bigger and better.”
In the lead up to next year’s event, the committee are hoping to re-engage with the Anglers Club and Tomato Farm to ensure a full program of events can proceed, and are also hoping to get more support from Armidale Regional Council.
The committee are on the lookout for more people to support them and help organise TroutFest in 2024.
If this is what a small committee can do, imagine what they could do if more people get involved.
If you want to become involved contact any of the committee members.