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Sam McCowan with a Kinchant Dam barra. Photo: Lee Brake

Drop a line and register for working bee this Saturday

MACKAY Regional Council is carrying out some fishy business at Kinchant Dam.

In an effort to improve fishing at the popular recreational spot, council and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have joined forces to install devices that will help aggregate fish within the impoundment and attract more anglers to Kinchant Dam. Council has been gathering materials to create the fish attracting structures but needs volunteers to help build them.

Development Services Director Gerard Carlyon said the fish-attracting structures were easy to construct. “Four different designs have been selected based on their simplicity and effectiveness in attracting resident barramundi, sooty grunter as well as smaller fish species,” he said. “Some of the structures will be made from timber, while others will be constructed from metal pipes and tubing. No building qualifications are necessary to put these together, just a willing attitude and a passion for fishing. If you enjoy dropping a line in our region and have some free time to lend a hand, we encourage you to come along, as this project will help to ensure the future vitality of Kinchant Dam.”

The working bee will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 8am to 1pm at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens compound located immediately west, across the lagoon from the main Botanic Gardens visitors centre, on Crowleys Road. Bring a hat, drink bottle, enclosed shoes and sun-safe work clothes.

Lunch will provided following the working bee. For construction and catering purposes, please RSVP to or by calling 0429 624 985 by Wednesday, May 16.

There will be another construction day and a deployment day held at the end of June.

All volunteers must complete the Mackay Regional Council induction process prior to the working bee. It is straight-forward and quick to complete.

To complete the induction, visit and create a new account if you’re not already a member.

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