By ASHLEY TAYLOR
Special to The Labradorian
The Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association Inc. (LHAFA) held a very successful 4th annual general meeting on Nov. 14th.
Tony Chubbs was re-elected as President and Hollis Yetman was re-elected as Vice- President.
Two new directors have joined the board — Hector Lethbridge and Matthew Pardy — who have already been active members in the association, while Dwayne Yetman will continue to serve as Secretary and Joe Cabot staying on as Treasurer. Directors Ashley Taylor, Jim Purdy, Matthew Barrett, and Kent Randell will continue to serve in their duties as directors.
Approximately 50 members were in attendance and all were receptive to an informative presentation by Goronwy Price of the Goose Bay Airport Corporation (GBAC). GBAC and LHAFA are working closely due to the proximity of the float plane docks and water craft use in Terrington Basin. GBAC highlighted safety issues related to wooden debris that is used to crib up large boats which falls into the water and is not immediately recovered. This raises a safety concern for GBAC and LHAFA in relation to aircraft and water craft. The LHAFA also provided an overview of the very successful Boating Safety program it conducted this past summer in partnership with Nalcor.
Next summer there will be an increase in traffic of large marine cargo vessels due to the Muskrat Falls Project and will make the boat launch and dock area very busy. The LHAFA has requested from the Provincial Government an area near the condemned middle dock to begin the construction of a fully serviced marina. Negotiations are ongoing and the process is nearing three years with no resolution in sight. The LHAFA plans to continue its Boating Safety Program in 2014 in partnership with Nalcor and in coordination with GBAC.
The LHAFA is also pleased to announce that they have broken ground on the construction of its new Shooting Range and will continue construction in 2014 at its new property located on the North West River Highway.
The 2014 membership renewal has begun and new members and volunteers are welcome. For membership information please visit www.lhafa.org. Memberships can also be purchased at Joe’s Auto Body Shop. The LHAFA would like its members, businesses, corporate sponsors, and volunteers for their continued support and dedication.