Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has today welcomed a Brumby Government commitment to improve fishing opportunities in Warrnambool.
Ms Tierney said money from Recreational Fishing Licenses (RFL) would fund two projects in Warrnambool, including:
– $30,000.00 to replace the Lyndoch fishing jetty – Hopkins River, Warrnambool. Removal of the existing concrete jetty & replace it with a floating fishing platform.
– $59,455.00 for the installation of a floating fishing platform on the Hopkins River at Mahoney’s Road, Warrnambool. Design & install 200m downstream of existing boat ramp & jetty, to provide recreational fishing access that doesn’t conflict with boat launching.
Go Fishing in Victoria’ will provide financial support for improvement of the area in the immediate vicinity of the project.
Improvements include the installation of a footpath and site rehabilitation.
The Warrnambool City Council will manage the project.
Minister Responsible for Fisheries Joe Helper said the Brumby Government will fund 21 projects worth more than $1.2 million statewide.
“The Brumby Government is taking action to improve fishing opportunities for all Victorians,” Mr Helper said.
“Most of the funds will go towards improving facilities and access for recreational fishers and to recreational fisheries research projects.
“All of these projects are funded with recreational fishing licence revenue that is for use only on projects that improve fishing opportunities.”
Since the Recreational Fishing Grants Program was introduced in 2001, the RFL has funded more than 200 projects worth over $8 million.
For more information about the Victorian Recreational Fishing Grants Program visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing/feesatwork or ring the DPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186.