Usually vending machines are found in the office, full of snacks and refreshments, however a new venture by local fishing company How’s Ya Tackle has seen the the installation of machines which might just help catch your dinner.
The vending machines have been specifically designed to hold a range of fishing tackle plus both live and frozen baits, enable keen anglers to access gear 24/7.
Currently installed in three different locations within the City of Onkaparinga district; Port Noarlunga Jetty, Onkaparinga River (Wearing Street) and Perry’s Bend (Noarlunga Downs).
Company director and Port Noarlunga local, Boyd Sparrow said that they came across the idea of bait vending four years ago in America and China which triggered the idea but at the time these machines could not handle both live and frozen needs.
Several years on Hows Ya Tackle discovered new machines capable of both, Mr Sparrow said that How’s Ya Tackle then decided there was real potential in South Australia they have proven themselves quickly.
“The machines have been really popular and exceeded expectations.
“We’ve had an overwhelming response which has been really positive,” he said.
The vending machine initiative was able to proceed with help from the City of Onkaparinga’s ON Business Partner Program.
Mayor Rosenberg said “We have a very diverse and passionate business community with fantastic ideas and it’s great to see initiatives like this come to fruition”.
Mr Sparrow said How’s Ya Tackle is now looking to expand into other locations around South Australia but said this is not an easy process as each machine is about $16,500, excluding stock.
“We’ve been polling communities and working with councils to find where the best locations for the machines are,” he said.
How’s Ya Tackle is currently in negotiations with Western Adelaide councils and Victor Harbor councils.