Fishing Grant Spruces Up Konongwootong Reservoir

A new three-stage project to enhance Konongwootong Reservoir’s fishing facilities has started thanks to funding from the Victorian Government’s Recreational Fishing Grants Program.

Every year the Victorian Government, through revenue derived from the sale of recreational fishing licences, funds projects that improve fishing opportunities.

This week, Wannon Water began the first stage of the project which will improve access to the non-powered boat ramp and upgrade the parking area off Reservoir Rd.

The next stage will see an all-abilities terraced fishing platform installed along with a walking path and picnic shelter, before the third and final stage of works that will improve access from Nareen Rd, develop new walking trails and install interpretive signage.

The new car parking facilities and access points will make the reservoir safer, while the new fishing platform and walking path will assist all anglers, including those with limited mobility.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget provided $20 million to implement the Andrews Labor Government’sTarget One Million plan to grow recreational fishing in Victoria by encouraging families to get outdoors and enjoy fishing.

Improving fishing opportunities and facilities is a key component of the plan, which will grow participation to one million anglers by 2020, boost fish stocking from three to five million per annum and strengthen angling club membership.

Stage one and two of the enhancement works at Konongwootong Reservoir are scheduled for completion in July 2015. The third and final stage is scheduled to commence in 2016.

Access to the boat ramp temporarily closed from 25 May, 2015 to protect public safety while works are underway. Anglers can still access the reservoir via the eastern access point or from Nareen Rd.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford

“Konongwootong Reservoir is a popular recreational fishing destination and these new facilities will significantly improve the angler experience at the site.”

“The Andrews Labor Government’s Target One Million plan will grow participation in recreational fishing, complementing the Recreational Fishing Grants program.”

Quotes attributable to Wannon Water Managing Director, Grant Green

“The new additions complement other works already completed, which include a dam wall upgrade, safety improvements and the establishment of a ‘Quiet Place’ to recognise the site’s indigenous cultural heritage.”

“These enhancements form part of Wannon Water’s 2012 Konongwootong Reservoir Master Plan, which aims to improve the recreational use of the reservoir while preserving its function as an operational water supply.”

26 May 2015

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