Charter boat pulls up anchor ready for the Burnett River
THE Bundaberg region's fishing and tourism industry has received another boost with the relocation of an operator from Hervey Bay.
Ron Galley said he had moved his operation to the Burnett River after bad weather at Hervey Bay restricted the number of times he could go out.
The news comes little more than a month after catamaran The Main Event started Lady Musgrave and whale watching day trips out of Bundaberg.
Mr Galley said the weather at Hervey Bay had been really bad since Christmas.
"Even today it's blowing 15-20 knots there," he said.
"It's blowing a gale all the time.
"I don't like taking people out when it's rough."
Mr Galley said he had been running fishing charters and catering to functions such as parties and weddings on his vessel, to be known now as the mv DayTripper.
But he said he was looking forward to operating on the Burnett River.
"The wind won't affect me," he said.
"I can always find a place to hide."
Mr Galley said he had been operating deep sea fishing charters at Hervey Bay.
"Years ago we were asked to come to the Burnett River because there's else like this here," he said.
Mr Galley said he planned to accommodate family fishing parties and take people on the river for morning and afternoon teas.
The vessel had also hosted several weddings
. "We've had a lot of Christmas parties with people who want to go out and fish," he said.
"It would be great for schoolies because no-one can crash the party."
Mr Galley said he would be no competition for The Main Event.
"We're only operating from Bundaberg to the mouth of the river," he said.
"We're not going out to sea."
The plan is for the mv DayTripper to take fishing charters on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The other days would be reserved for charters. The problem now is finding a skipper so Mr Galley can set a starting date.
The skipper he had lined up had developed health problems.
Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism general manager Katherine Mergard said more recreation options on the river were great for the local economy.
"The more tourism operators we have operating out of Bundaberg the more marketing is being done to bring people here," she said.