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The 2015 ANPA National will be held at Penrith near Sydney from July 17-19, ANPA President Frank Hayes has confirmed.
“Following a second and more recent meeting which I attended at Penrith, the plans for staging the 2015 National Show in NSW are now well advanced. We have a team committed to delivering an excellent show and I invite others to join,” Frank said.
“For some time it has been difficult to identify a suitable venue in NSW and I would like to thank those members who have taken on that task over the last couple of years – in particular John Hanson, David Lewis, Brad Turner, Bob Grant, Allan Makin, Steve Cummins and the late Bob Weekes. Finally one was confirmed which can display over 2000 pigeons on a single level which means 4000 if double stacked pens are required.
“It is carpeted, air conditioned, has ample room for traders and an on site caterer who provides light snacks and refreshments. There is also excellent parking adjacent to the pavilion with easy access including toilet facilities. All this is within a couple of minutes walk from adjacent hotel accommodation and entertainment. The site also has cable water skiing, wake boarding, aqua golf, an amusement arcade, and a nearby Golf Course.
“The location at Penrith is the home of a foreign brand of football for some, the home of the Penrith Panthers Rugby League team. It is their venue where the Show will be staged. Their Exhibition Marquee is a very popular venue for a wide variety of events and is adjacent to the Panthers Club and motel accommodation which has plenty of eateries and entertainment. Penrith is in the heart of Western Sydney. As Sydney and its environs is one of the foremost tourist destinations on the overseas agenda, I expect there will be heightened interest for prospective international judges to visit as well as many of our own fanciers.
“The first on-site meeting was held in early March attended by a dozen members interested in getting the show on the road. Since then, an email member group has been set up with other members subsequently joining the team. The recent meeting at Penrith on 30 August clarified outstanding details and we now have a team on the move with many tasks allocated.
“As this is a “greenfield” site, it requires the usual set up of trestle tables and pens, much of which has already been offered at no cost by affiliated clubs. This will involve a fair amount of cooperation and coordination but will ensure the show will be one of the best. Offers of show hardware will now formally be sought to complete the picture.
“Already we have received significant financial support from individual members and affiliated Clubs. Steve Cummins has arranged a series of fund raisers through the local Bunnings store, the first of which has raised over $500. The Victorian Show Pigeon Federation has put in another $500; the Fancy & Utility Pigeon Society (WA) has pledged $250 and Dick Milner from WA has also put in $500. Phil Bachner, Ian Campton, Mario Corral and Fred Frendo have already donated items for the setup and raffle. A great effort to date which shows the commitment of our members to see that the Show will be one of the best. Further sponsors will be sought together with quality birds for auction to help offset the show expenses.
“Any member who wishes to join the established 2015 Action Team should contact Steve Cummins 0409 346 496.”
The Show Host is ANPA Inc.
The show date is Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 July 2015. The show opens on 17 July.
The location is Panthers Penrith 123 Mulgoa Rd., Penrith, a site of 80 hectares.
The Show venue is the adjacent Exhibition Marquee, an 1850 square metre permanent marquee.
The on-site accommodation is Panthers Chifley, a 4 star Hotel with 220 rooms adjacent to the Club.
The budget includes an allowance for venue hire, transport of cages and staging and it is anticipated that a strong entry and further sponsorship should see close to a self funding event. We ask all members to take the opportunity to support their own show. As this one is being hosted by ANPA we have taken the unusual step of amending the constitution at the Ipswich AGM to allow non ANPA members in the Host State to exhibit, provided they are members of an ANPA Affiliated Club in the Host State.
“The Pigeon Fanciers Society of NSW put forward a verbal proposal at the AGM in Ipswich followed by a written bid received on 20th August. This was to be considered as an alternative if Penrith did not proceed. Following the second Panthers meeting on 30 August, all systems are now go for Penrith and so I wish to thank John Hickman for providing that back up plan,” Frank said.
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Pigeon racing not banned: dept
October 23 2014 at 05:07pm
This followed a statement from the NSPCA on Wednesday that the breeding, trading and racing of pigeons was now illegal.
“The feral pigeon is invasive and its inclusion on the list of invasive species is deemed appropriate by the department. The pigeon which is commonly used in pigeon racing is the same listed species,” the department said in a statement.
This was in terms of the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations, 2014, in the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act.
The department met specialists, and reached an agreement that pigeon racing would not have a significant impact on the feral pigeon invasion.
“The numbers are reasonably low in relation to the existing invasions, that it is possible to provide exemption for the racing pigeon activities,” the department said.
“These will be discussed with the relevant associations.”
The department had held talks with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA), which had raised concerns about possible cruelty relating to pigeon racing.
On Wednesday, the NSPCA said the breeding, trading and racing of pigeons had become illegal.
“Activities including the importing, breeding, trading in and translocation of pigeons are now listed as prohibited activities in terms of the Invasive and Alien Species List as published by the department of water and environmental affairs,” the NSPCA said in a statement.
The prohibition included “releasing of any specimen of a listed invasive species” which effectively meant that “releasing pigeons to race or as homing pigeons” was illegal.
The NSPCA said the new legislation was published in the Government Gazette on August 1.
“Our concerns include the rate of attrition during races. That is, the high number of pigeons who simply do not ever reach their race destination for various reasons including exhaustion, and racing taking place in inclement or extreme weather conditions.”
Interested parties had been informed about the new legislation and the NSPCA was obligated to report any violations to the department, it said.
President of the SA National Pigeon Organisation (Sanpo), Faunty Gillmer had said they were seeking a meeting with the environmental affairs minister.
He said the new law, which had been in the pipeline since 2004, w
ould do away with the 100-year-old sport of pigeon racing.
“Pigeon racing is a professional sport and has in recent times become an expensive sport... we are members of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee,” Gillmer said.
According to its website, Sanpo organises and promotes pigeon racing and the showing of pigeons. It has 5000 members.
Gillmer said his organisation had written to the deputy environment minister and was awaiting a reply. Sanpo would approach the courts should the meeting with the minister not yield any favourable results, Gillmer said.