• Hannah Phillips

Fishing for Funds in the Wimmera

Fishing opportunities across the Wimmera are set to increase with State Government support providing better facilities for local angling clubs.

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford announced funding for three projects in northwest Victoria that will help more families enjoy one of Victoria’s most loved past-times.

The new projects are part of the 2017-18 Recreational Fishing Grants Program, which reinvests revenue from the sale of fishing licences into projects that make a difference across the state.

The program complements the Target One Million plan, investing $46 million, including $9 million from fishing licence fees, to get more people fishing, more often.

As part of the program, Jeparit Angling Club will receive a grant of $55,500 to install a floating pontoon on the Wimmera River at Jeparit.

Stocked with more than 100,000 golden perch fingerlings last summer, the Wimmera River is a productive waterway and very popular with anglers.

The Murtoa Angling Club will receive $31,520 to build a new all-abilities fishing jetty at Lake Marma that will help younger fishers make the most of the catchable-size rainbow trout and golden perch fingerlings that are stocked each year.

The third project will be managed by the Hindmarsh Shire and will use $54,700 to install a floating pontoon at Nhill Lake, which receives rainbow trout from the Victorian Fisheries Authority’s Snobs Creek hatchery for the September school holidays.

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said: “Fishing has never been better for recreational anglers and the Andrews Labor Government is proud to support our fishers right across the state – especially right across our fabulous Wimmera region.”

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