Nagambie hooks Australia’s largest fishing Festival

Nagambie (Vic) has hooked Australia’s biggest and most lucrative freshwater fishing festival for the next two years – attracting new visitors and boosting local businesses in the Goulburn Valley.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren joined Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today to announce GoFish Nagambie, which is expected to draw thousands of anglers and their families to the region.

“Nagambie is one of the best places to cast a line in Victoria – this festival will provide great exposure and attract thousands of visitors to the region.” said Minister Eren

The two-year deal will see up to 5,000 competitors participate in a fishing competition with over $500,000 worth of prizes on offer.

The outdoor event will feature family friendly entertainment, educational programs and a unique opportunity to promote the region’s local epicurean offerings and small businesses.

GoFish Nagambie organisers expect the event will inject up to $30 million into the local economy over two years.

The Andrews Labor Government helped secure the festival though the $20 million Regional Events Fund, which is helping communities like Nagambie attract major events that drive visitation.

The Labor Government’s fund has already supported over 130 local events – showcasing Victoria’s regions to the world, creating jobs and boosting local economies.

At the event, Minister Eren also launched the Goulburn River Valley Tourism Destination Management Plan, funded by a $25,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Plan.

The updated plan aims to attract new tourists by growing the regional visitor economy and promoting areas undergoing significant change, such as Nagambie, Seymour, Lake Eildon and Greater Shepparton.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said,“We’re proud to be bringing GoFish to Nagambie, in what will be a major tourism drawcard for the region.”

GoFish Nagambie will take place from 25 – 28 April 2019 and again in 2020. For more information visit www.gofishnagambie.com.au.