10 May 2023

Three lucky members off to New Zealand with Mark Berg

| Matt Nicholls
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Mark Berg with Mal Slack and his three children – Sean, Simone and Amelia – after he was named as one of three people heading to New Zealand for a fishing trip.

A QUICK-THINKING daughter has saved the day for her dad after he won a fishing trip to New Zealand with Mark Berg but wasn’t on-site to claim the prize.

Simone Slack raced up to the stage to tell the fishing guru that her dad was keen to go and that a re-draw wouldn’t be necessary.

She even managed to get him on speaker phone, forcing Berg’s hand to take him on the trip.

Mal Slack had just finished his Western Cape Eco Tours sunset trip and had yet to shower, but was quick to get down to Andoom Oval to pass on his appreciation.

He will join two other Weipa residents in northern New Zealand later this year for an all-expenses paid, eight-day fishing adventure with Berg.

To enter, they had to hold one of the 2200 keyrings in the Weipa Fishing Classic and be a member of Mark Berg’s Fishing Addiction.

The popular TV host allowed locals to sign up over the weekend.

Brian McPharlin is from Yamba in NSW and is a contractor for Rio Tinto. He had been a member for six months and was stoked to get the call-up.

“I haven’t been overseas before. I don’t even have a passport,” he said with a smile.

Long-time Weipa resident Liz Weidman has her passport and can’t wait for the November trip.

She admitted she signed up over the weekend and was a popular selection when her name was drawn.

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