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Merv Hughes was a big-hearted fast bowler and an Aussie sporting legend, loved by cricket fans globally as he ripped through batting line-ups all over the world. Representing Australia between 1985 and 1994, Merv gave every ounce of effort to his country, and helped it to re-climb the ranks of Test cricket.
Aside from being one of Australia's most recognisable and loved cricket identities, Merv also has an enormous passion for fishing. Its this passion that saw Merv release his first book in 2006, ‘Caught in the Deep’. By his own admission, Merv is along way short of being an expert angler, but as Merv explains with his mixture of humour, anecdotes and a little input from some of Merv's more experienced fisho mates, you don't have to be a pro to enjoy fishing. All you need is a sense of adventure, a love of the outdoors and a willingness to learn from those who know! In 2015 Merv extended his love of fishing to TV, in a new fishing show he co-hosted on ONE.
John "Roothy" Rooth
The 4WD Legend himself John "Roothy' Rooth will be making his only Melbourne Show appearance on the Waeco CFX Outback Stage. John's spent most of his life in the bush as a prospector, machinery operator, trail bike tour guide and his current work as a photo journalist and presenter for 4WD shows. With three children who all love camping, John's been fighting for free camping and track access for the last fifteen years. You can say hello to Roothy on his stand.
Shaun Whale & Graham Cahill
Come along and meet Graham and Shauno from the epic 4WD Action DVDs – the blokes who genuinely make 4WDing accessible and available for all Aussies. Find out what really goes on when the cameras shut off and they’re finished filming Australia’s best 4WD adventures in their pair of tough old 4WDs, Shorty and the Dirty 30. It’s all about real 4WDing, real 4WDers and real adventure!
Jase Andrews is the host of Australia’s number one four-wheel-drive and adventure show, All 4 Adventure. Driven by an unquenchable love for the undiscovered regions of Australia this modern day explorer is persistent and fearless when heading out into the wild. Jase honed his skills in the Australian bush from an early age having driven across Australia six times before his mid-20s, and he considers northern Australia to be his second home.
Star of The Offroad Adventure Show Rick, offers truckloads of touring experience and knowledge of the outdoors lifestyle. Rick is no stranger to the outdoor and off road community with almost a decade’s worth of experience in the offroad aftermarket industry.
Paul Worsteling is arguably one of the most recognisable faces in recreational fishing in Australia with an unmistakable passion, enthusiasm for the sport and laugh! Paul started the popular IFISH program on the TEN network, with IFISH now being regarded by many as Australia’s premier fishing program. You can meet PW on the Tackle World Fishing Stage in the Grand Pavilion.
Peter 'Spida' Everitt
Spida along with his wife Sheree will play hosts on the Campfire Cooking Stage. With there hit TV Show The Great Australian Doorstep they have a love for the great outdoors! Spida is well known for his AFL feats and works on Gold FM breakfast radio. So check out the sensations they will be cooking at the show!
Steve 'Starlo' Starling
Steve ‘Starlo’ Starling is Australia’s best-known and most prolific fishing writer, having published over 20 books, thousands of magazine articles and scores of DVDs and videos Steve has jumped on board with the Offroad Adventure show as our regular fishing presenter. Starlo was a co-presenter on the “Rex Hunt Fishing Adventures” TV show through the 1990s and is today increasingly active in on-line recreational angling media.
The Offroad Adventure Show’s Ben Milbourne is a native Tasmanian who doesn’t only have a passion for creating mouth-watering dishes, but Ben also loves nothing more than inspiring others to cook and create dishes they can be proud of! Ben believes that cooking at camp or in the bush doesn’t mean that you have to go without all of the things that make a meal memorable!
Pete Hilcke is a renowned Australian Seafood chef, Author & TV Personality based in Melbourne Australia. Pete was trained in the Royal Australian Navy before running one of Australia's premier members only Club kitchens at the RACV City Club. Since his Australian TV Debut on The Australian seafood show, Pete continues his role role as The Sustainable seafood chef presenting a number of show across Foxtel & Radio, most recently Food To eat on Footprint T.V (USA) & upcoming in early 2016 Merv Hughes fishing on channel 10 Commercial.
Bill Classon from Channel Seven’s The Fishing Show is no newcomer to the fishing television scene. Having appeared in the early days of Rex Hunt Fishing Adventures, Bill also owns and operates the Australian Fishing Network (AFN), the biggest fishing media company in Australia. He is very well known as the publisher of two of Australia’s best fishing magazines; Freshwater Fishing Australia & Sport Fishing Australia. Bill now hosts The Fishing Show on the Seven Network and has an extensive following Australia wide, taking his viewers all around the country to some fantastic fishing destinations. Catch Bill on the Fishing Stage at this year’s show as he presents tales from his travels and fishing adventures.
Steve "Trelly" Threlfall
Steve “Trelly” Threlfall is a legend when it comes to fishing for mighty Murray Cod. Owner of Trelly’s Tackle World in Shepparton, and host of C31’s Talking Fishing TV, Trelly grew up in Cod Country, and from a very young age has experienced it all in Cod fishing. When it comes to tips, techniques, lures and all the other gear to make you a successful Murray Cod angler, Trelly knows it all. Trelly will be presenting on this year’s Fishing Stage about how to catch big Murray Cod, in a talk that must not be missed. With Murray Cod populations booming, and fishing for them one of Victoria’s fastest growing fisheries, you just can’t miss Trelly’s Cod talk.
Travis Dowling is the CEO of the Victorian Fisheries Authority and is charged with the job of leading his Fisheries Department to implement the Victorian Governments commitment to grow participation in recreational fishing to One Million anglers. Travis and his team will share some of the most innovative plans ever committed by a State Government with the audience in daily presentations on the Fishing Stage. Whether its stocking record numbers of fish into Victorian waterways, the deployment of artificial reefs in the Gippsland region or banning commercial netting in Port Phillip Bay, recreational fishing is growing and Travis will explain all the reasons why.