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1 November, 2021

Barra Bash stalwart calls it a day

AFTER nearly three decades of delivering the regions biggest family fun fishing event, Ann Leighton has decided to step down from the Tinaroo Barra Bash committee and make room for some fresh eyes.

By Rhys Thomas

Ann has been involved with the Tinaroo Barra Bash since 1996 where she assisted in minor roles before stepping up as event coordinator and secretary in 2011, positions she has held until this year.

Now after 25 years behind the scenes of the Barra Bash, Ann has decided she should step down and a new pair of fresh eyes should take her place. 

“I think it needs fresh eyes and a bit more tech savvy,” Ann said. “I have other interests as well, it doesn’t hurt for a changing of the guard. 

“We will still be a part of the Tableland Fish Stocking Society but in a minor advisory role.”

From the start the Barra Bash has always aimed to be an exciting family friendly event for the whole community to enjoy, from experienced fishers to beginners. 

“I’ve loved my time involved with the event, I’ve been really passionate about it,” Ann said. 

“We’ve seen great results and made great friends over the years. 

"The event has become polished, with great support from the sponsors who provide fantastic prizes.” 

In 2004 a boat valued at $55,000 was raffled off and over 6000 people turned up hoping they would take their new toy home.

The Barra Bash has not only provided a great family outing event for locals but its true purpose is to monitor fish levels in the dam. 

“We’ve always been passionate about making sure that Tinaroo is a great fishery,” she said.

“Mainly looking forward to our grandkids and everybody else’s grandkids catching fish there too.

“We’ve seen the little kids that used to win prizes grow up and now they’re bringing their families to the event.”

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