Fishers launching their boat or casting a line at Warrnambool’s historic port will be able to clean their catch at any time thanks to the construction of four new fish cleaning tables.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said the $180,000 project had been partly funded by the Victorian Government’s Target One Million plan, to provide better facilities for boat and land-based fishers in the state’s South West.
The new tables are big enough to handle anything from pinky snapper caught around Lady Bay to monster southern bluefin tuna caught offshore.
Four new tables and a shelter have been built near the breakwater at the port, easing congestion at the often-busy location by replacing the existing tables at the boat ramp.
The four tables are under cover and have lighting and running water to make it easier than ever to prepare fish without having to use the kitchen bench at home.
They are also located alongside car and trailer parking so boat owners can stay conveniently close to their rigs and depart easily once the filleting has finished.
Each table is 240 x 75cm in size and the concrete foundation includes space for two more tables to be added in the future.
The drainage system is designed to take wastewater and fish scraps away from the bay to ensure birds, seals and other animals don’t become reliant on leftovers.
The Government contributed $80,000 to construction of the facility, while the Warrnambool City Council and Department of Transport each contributed a further $50,000.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“We’ve invested in these new fish cleaning tables because we know important great facilities are to an enjoyable day in the outdoors with the family.”
“Arriving home after a day on the water with clean fillets ready for the pan is easier for everyone, so it’s exciting to have these new facilities in Warrnambool.”