One of Narrabri’s biggest events on not just the sporting calendar but the entire Narrabri Shire community calendar, the Narrabri Carp Muster, has been cancelled for 2020.

The Narrabri Amateur Fishing Club said that the annual event had been cancelled “due to the dire state of the Namoi River”.

The decision to cancel the Narrabri Carp Muster was made at the club’s annual general meeting at the weekend by what was described as a unanimous decision.


“We apologise for this but we know it was the right decision and hope that everyone including our valued sponsors will be on board for the 2021 Muster if conditions improve,” the report went on to say.

Narrabri Amateur Fishing Club’s Jason Simpson told The Courier that while it was disappointing that the community would go without the event in 2020, the correct decision had been made.

“We talked about it at our AGM and it was pretty much a unanimous vote to call it off,” Simpson said.

“The public access spots for the Namoi are very limited at the moment.

“It would disadvantage a lot of people and it would be too crowded down there.

“Another thing is people wouldn’t actually go because they wouldn’t be able to find water.

“Another thing, which we agreed on, was that it would be good to give our sponsors a bit of a break during this drought as well.

“It’s disappointing because it’s a big event and we know that a lot of kids actually look forward to it.

“Some kids don’t have much in this world, last year some of the kids said the Muster was like Christmas, it’s one thing they look forward to all year.”

The Narrabri Amateur Fishing Club re-elected an almost identical committee at its annual general meeting.

Jamie Charlton stayed on as president, Robert Spencer (treasurer) and Tony Williams (secretary) will continue in their positions and Jason and Mandy Simpson are the club’s publicity officers again.

One new face on the committee is Kurt Campbell who is now the club’s vice-president.

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