Please select your home edition
Edition
Marina Exchange 728x90 1

Big wins for regional boating facilities

by Victorian Fisheries Authority 23 Jul 00:22 UTC
Big wins for regional boating facilities © Victorian Fisheries Authority

Launching a boat and cleaning your catch in regional Victoria has got even easier for recreational fishers over the last four years thanks to a suite of improved facilities at our lakes, rivers, estuaries and bays.

Victorian Fisheries Authority CEO Travis Dowling said recreational fishing licence fees and the State Government's Target One Million plan to get more people fishing, more often, had invested nearly $1.4 million into 27 projects since 2015.

"We know fishers appreciate boat launching facilities in good order and cleaning tables that make it easy to take home fresh fish for the family dinner table," Mr Dowling said.

"That's why we funded the extension of boat ramps and the construction of new ones at Tullaroop Reservoir, Taylors Lake near Horsham, Swan Hill, Corringle, Corinella, Toolondo, Hazelwood Pondage, Pental Island, Yarrawonga and Majors Lane on the Victorian side of Lake Mulwala, Lake Eildon, Surry River and Venus Bay.

"Several of these locations have also welcomed floating pontoons and jetty repairs to optimise use and speed up launching and safe boarding of boats.

"New fish cleaning tables have been built at Warrnambool, Point Richards and Indented Head in Corio Bay, and Crouch's Inlet at Warneet, whilst at Lake Eildon, solar lights have been installed at several ramps to improve visibility when launching in low light."

Mr Dowling said the collaborative approach with regional councils had assisted in the construction and maintenance of boat ramps, and boaters could look forward to more good news as the newly created Better Boating Victoria (BBV) took charge of improving facilities including parking.

"The creation of BBV earlier this year delivered on a commitment of Target One Million phase 2.

"BBV is leading the charge of simplifying the management of boating infrastructure under one umbrella organisation, improving boating facilities across the board and making launching and parking free of charge soon.

"Recreational fishing is in great shape in Victoria thanks to unprecedented investment over many recent years. We are the envy of many fishers interstate with booming inland fisheries for trout and native fish, and thriving marine fisheries for tuna, kingfish, snapper, King George whiting and calamari.

"It's a good time to be a fisher in Victoria and we aim to keep it that way."

Learn more at vfa.vic.gov.au/targetonemillion2

Related Articles

Scientists tracking King George Whiting movements
Help track the movement patterns of King George whiting Saltwater fishers are doing their bit to help track the movement patterns of King George whiting in Victorian waters, thanks to a three-year research project funded by recreational fishing licence fees. Posted on 11 Sep
Duo arrested for illegal fish sales
Two men were arrested for allegedly buying and selling fish illegally Two men were arrested by Fisheries Officers and Investigators in Melbourne's western suburbs on Wednesday for allegedly buying and selling fish illegally. Posted on 25 Jul
Survey of fishers and boaters gets underway
To better understand the social and economic value of these pastimes in Victoria A new survey of recreational fishers and boaters gets under way this month to better understand the social and economic value of these pastimes in Victoria. Posted on 10 Jul
Big cats spotted swimming at Lake Purrumbete
Freshwater fishers are rejoicing at an Australian waterway today Freshwater fishers are rejoicing the first ever large-scale stocking of cheetah trout into an Australian waterway today with 1,600 released into Lake Purrumbete, near Camperdown. Posted on 3 Jul
Abalone duo fined $15,000 and lose car
The two men pled guilty to charges of taking a commercial quantity of abalone Victorian Fisheries Authority Acting Director of Education and Enforcement Brooke Hall said the men were found in possession of 298 abalone, 291 of which were undersize. Posted on 7 Jun
Electro-fishing partners unite again
GMW is again partnering with the VFA to relocate hundreds of Murray Cod Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is again partnering with the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) to relocate hundreds of Murray Cod and other high-value native fish caught up in the East Goulburn Main Irrigation Channel. Posted on 28 May
Diving duo fined $11,500 in Southwest
Diving and spearfishing offences relating to abalone A 30-year-old man from East Kew and 35-year-old man from Point Cook have received substantial penalties for diving and spearfishing offences relating to abalone, rock lobster and fish. Posted on 1 May
Williamstown to host free fish event with Bachar
Fishing and footy fans looking for family fun can visit Gem Pier in Williamstown on Sunday 5 May Fishing and footy fans looking for family fun can visit Gem Pier in Williamstown on Sunday 5 May for a free VicFishKids event with AFL hero and Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) ambassador Bachar Houli. Posted on 4 Apr
First ever fish stocking for new lake at Hopetoun
Celebrations as 20,000 golden perch added to newly created Willow Lake Recreational anglers in Hopetoun celebrated today as newly created Willow Lake was stocked for the first time with 20,000 golden perch. Posted on 2 Apr
New and improved Fishing Guide now available
Ffrom tackle stores across the state and via the Victorian Fisheries Authority website The 2019 Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide has been revamped and is now available from tackle stores across the state and via the Victorian Fisheries Authority website. Posted on 21 Mar
Raymarine AUS Lighthouse 3 Annapolis 3.9 - BOTTOMNanni Diesel 2019 FooterMarina Exchange FOOTER 1