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New faces win places on peak recreational fishing council

Four new members from across South Australia have been elected to the State’s key recreational fishing advisory body.


Following an independent nomination and public election process, the four have been appointed to the Minister’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council until 1 July 2023.

  • Peter Dunnicliff from Millicent

  • Geoff Gallasch from Meningie

  • Timothy Doyle from Port Lincoln

  • Lisa Michalanney from Adelaide

Minister Basham (centre) and Member for Flinders Peter Treloar (right) chat with an aquaculture producer during a recent visit to Eyre Peninsula

Minister for Primary Industries David Basham congratulated the new members who he says were elected from a diverse field of candidates.

“Fishing is a key driver for our state economy as we know when people fish, they also tend to spend money by staying at local hotels, eating at local restaurants, visiting local tackle shops which all support local jobs," said Minister Basham.
“Given the economic benefits and social rewards of recreational fishing for so many South Australians, these new members have will have an important role on behalf of the recreational fishing community as we all work together to act in the best interests of the fishery and community.
“I look forward to working with them(the new members), in addition to the five other council members and the independent Chair Sharon Starick.”

Independent chair of the Minister’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council Sharon Starick

Ms Starick, who along with the Minister thanked the outgoing MRFAC members for their service to the recreational fishing community, said the eighth meeting of the council is due to be held in late November 2021 enabling the newly elected members to actively participate in the discussions.


Another election will be held in 2022 in relation to the continuing positions on the MRFAC, with the staggered election process in place to maintain continuity.


New Member Profiles


Peter Dunnicliff, from Millicent.


Mr Dunnicliff has fished South Australia’s south-east - from Pt McDonnell to the Murray mouth for more than 40 years, both land and boat-based. A member of the Lower South East Recreational Fishing Association, he owned a fishing tackle shop in Beachport for six years. He maintains contact with many fishers of the region as well having had years of experience on committees.


Geoff Gallasch, from Meningie.


A resident of the upper southeast for the past 18 years, and a regular visitor for more than 50 years, Mr Gallasch has extensive knowledge of the Coorong and Lower Lakes. He has regular contact with many recreational and professional fishers in the area and is a member of a number of associations in the area.


Timothy Doyle, from Port Lincoln.


A recreational angler from a young age, he mostly fishes marine on the Eyre Peninsula after moving to Port Lincoln from the southern suburbs of Adelaide for improved fishing. He has won Port Lincoln’s Anglers Club Championship three times and been named Fisherman of the Year.


Lisa Michalanney, from Adelaide.


Growing up by the ocean, Ms Michalanney has fished recreationally around the world, and now mostly fishes marine near Adelaide. Career-wise, she has been involved in the management and compliance of animal industries.