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West Lake Tilapia Busters

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Gold Coast Fishing Fanatics and the City of Gold Coast are hosting a day of family fun at South and West Lake on 1 April 2017. Commencing at 6am, the day aims to remove Tilapia and other introduced fish (Goldfish, Koi and European carp) from the lakes while raising awareness of further issues effecting water quality.

If you are interested in protecting the native fish and water quality of the Gold Coast, please RSVP by completing the indemnity form and emailing it to

Tilapia busters indemnity form (PDF 0.07mb)

All participants will be required to complete an indemnity form prior to participating in the event.

Mozambique Tilapia (Mozambique mouth-brooder) is an introduced fish that competes with our native species, damages aquatic plants and increases water turbidity (cloudiness).

Probably released as unwanted aquarium fish, Mozambique tilapia have now established in South and West Lakes, which forms part of the Robina lakes system.

Participants must bring their own fishing gear including bait. The City supports the use of barb-free hooks and catch and release of all native species.

As this is an outdoors event, participants should also bring water, sun smart clothing, hat, sunscreen and enclosed shoes. No motorised vessels (including electric) are permitted in the lakes. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Attendees will be able to learn how to identify pest fish species and the impact they pose on our native fish and water quality. City staff will be on hand to explain current aquatic vegetation practices.

Fishing rules:

  • Before entry into the competition can be accepted, all participants or guardians must sign an indemnity form which can be downloaded above.
  • Fishing times will be from 6am to 12pm.
  • All Anglers involved in the competition must abide by the current rules of the Fisheries Act 1994 and the Fisheries Regulation 2008.
  • Please respect lake residents and do not enter private property without residents permission.
  • Any angler transporting live or dead pest fish not caught in the event area will be asked to leave and reported to Queensland Fisheries.
  • City of Gold Coast has obtained a permit from Biosecurity Queensland for registered participants to possess tilapia for the purposes of weighing and measuring prior to disposal by the City.
  • The Tilapia Busters Fishing Competition area is confined by Markeri Street in the north, Bermuda Street to the east, Cottesloe and Cheltenham Drive to the south and Robina Parkway to the west.
  • We ask that all pest fish be humanely killed; if in doubt, please ask an official on the day.
  • Electric or petrol powered vessels are not allowed on the lake.
  • Obey boating rules and respect anglers on the shore.

Learn more about Tilapia.

Note: Please leave our lake better than you found it, take litter home with you.

Collection Notice - Information privacy
The purpose of Council of the City of Gold Coast (Council) asking you to provide personal information is to collect this information to build a database of people interested in attending a pest fish education event and to seek your permission for Council (and/or its agents and service providers) to contact you in future regarding any matter related to local government issues. Your participation is voluntary. Council is authorised, or required, under the Local Government Act 2009 s9 to collect this information.


From: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Saturday, 1 April 2017
To: Saturday, 1 April 2017


West Lake, 45 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina






City of Gold Coast


City of Gold Coast


1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326)