No youth fishing derby in Amherst this year

After effect of sale of pumping station last summer

Darrell Cole webcomments@ngnews.ca
Published on April 23, 2014
Amherst’s youth fishing derby will not go ahead this year. The town sold the pumping station pond to the province last year and can’t get permission to hold it there this year. It hasn’t been able to find another venue.
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AMHERST – Amherst’s annual youth fishing derby has reached the end of the road.

With last year’s sale of the pumping station to the province, the town has not been able to find another venue for the popular children’s event.

“It’s unfortunate, but there isn’t much we can do,” Community and Economic Development director Roger MacIsaac told members of town council at its April committee-of-the-whole meeting. “We were in contact with the department responsible for the property to ask if we could continue hosting the event there, but citing liability and safety concerns, amongst other reasons, they cannot provide the property for us to use in future.”

After seeking a buyer for several years, the town sold the pumping station property to the province last June for $76,000. It declared the 40-hectare site surplus in February 2010.

The property, including a dam and pump, had been idle for year, except for the annual spring fishing derby.

MacIsaac said he was hoping another location near the town could be found to host the annual event, but he said time is running out and plenty of notice would have to be given to the Department of Agriculture that provides the fish for the event.

“We have looked at other options, primarily Blair Lake, but have come to the conclusion that we do not have a suitable site to host this event,” MacIsaac said.

Several councillors said they were disappointed with cancelling the fishing derby but understand why it’s being cancelled. Coun. George Baker said one of the issues in recent years had been adults going to the pond the night before or the morning of the derby and fishing.

Coun. Robert Bird suggested that if the fishing derby is being taken away from youth, it’s up to the town to come with some sort of event to replace it.

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