The Centennial Parklands Carp Management program has received a commendation from the national body, Parks Forum, at its 2012 Parks Award Program.

Our Carp Management program was recognised for the significant social benefits provided to the community and for its foresight and imagination for turning a pest species problem into a resource.

Furthermore, the commendation citation stated that: This sets new standards in social engagement of people in parks, from the corporate sector through to people with broad ranging physical and intellectual abilities.

Tony Steiner in Centennial Park, 2012

Tony Steiner in Centennial Park, 2012

The Parklands ongoing Carp Management program is aimed at eliminating carp from the Parklands pond system, and to encourage native fish stocks to develop. This work in turn helps in improving the water quality of the Parklands ponds and waterways and provide a much needed boost to the aquatic ecosystems beneath the surface.

Through the Centennial Parklands Foundation, we have several fishing programs in place for volunteers, corporate groups and people with disabilities.

Here’s three facts that you may not be aware of regarding our carp management program:

  • These programs have resulted in the removal of over 10 tonnes of carp from the pond system since 1998
  • The largest fish weighing a record 24 kilograms
  • We even caught a world record carp!

You can read more about our carp management program here.


The quiet achiever behind the scenes

We would like to specifically thank Tony Steiner, a project officer for the Australian National Sportfishing Association, who is engaged in all the Centennial Parklands Carp Management activities, for his tireless efforts in securing funding and delivering the ‘Fishing 4 Therapy’ program at Centennial Park.

His hard work and passion for the fishing projects are what strengthen our bond with the community and make the Parklands accessible to an ever-widening group of people from all walks of life.


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Please keep in mind…

Fishing is not permitted in Centennial Parklands unless part of a supervised pest management program. We care for our environment and care for public safety. Fines may apply for visitors breaching these Regulations.

Tony assists removing another carp from a pond

Tony assists removing another carp from a pond



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