Projects making a difference to fishing in the region have received a funding boost.
Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford was in Shepparton on Friday to announce this year’s round of successful projects to receive grants, as part of the 2016-17 Recreational Fishing Licence Large Grants Program.
Since 2001, the RFLLGP has funded more than 650 projects, worth more than $21million, for angling clubs and community organisations throughout Victoria.
This year will see more than $1million made available for projects with three projects set to make a direct difference to fishing in Shepparton, according to Fisheries Victoria executive director Travis Dowling.
‘‘We know that fish love snags and bits of timber in the river... (attracting) more shrimp and yabbies hanging around,’’ he said.
‘‘Historically there was a lot of timber removed, but with the help of Catchment Management Authorities and money from Fisheries Victoria we will see a resurgence in great fishing in Shepparton.’’
A $110966 cheque was presented to the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority which preserves and maintains the rivers in the region.
‘‘We regularly put in applications for these grants in conjunction with fishing clubs,’’ GBCMA chief executive Chris Norman said.
‘‘Giving us the opportunity to put snags back in the Goulburn River and put boulders into some of our upper streams, the Delatite, Howqua and Hughes.’’
Each year, the Victorian Government disburses revenue from the sale of recreational fishing licences to projects that will improve recreational fishing opportunities throughout Victoria.
Ms Pulford said the licence-funded projects complemented the government’s ‘Target One Million’ plan for recreational fishing, that aims to get more people fishing more often.
‘‘Improving fishing opportunities creates more jobs, supports local businesses and strengthens our regional communities,’’ she said.
For more information on the current projects and how to apply for a grant please visit: www.vic.gov.au/feesatwork2017