Regional Victoria To Benefit From Target One Million Plan

Regional Victoria is set to benefit from $20 million in new initiatives and services to help grow recreational fishing in Victoria by encouraging families to get outdoors and enjoy fishing.

The Andrews Labor Government’s Target One Million plan – to be secured in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget – will increase recreational fishing in Victoria over four years, creating jobs, supporting local businesses and strengthening rural and regional communities.

A popular pastime, recreational fishing currently contributes $2.3 billion to our social and economic well-being.

The plan aims to increase the number of Victorian recreational fishers from about 730,000 to 1 million by encouraging participation with enhanced fishing opportunities and facilities.

Under the plan, fish stocking will increase to 5 million fish per year, almost doubling the existing stocking program.  This will attract more visitors to our regions for new fishing opportunities, boosting local economies and helping businesses grow and create jobs.

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, Danielle Green, today released 200 yearling rainbow trout into Victoria Park Lake in Shepparton, as a first step to increase fish stocking to 5 million fish per year.

The plan will also provide the Better Fishing Facilities Fund to develop new recreational fishing reefs, improve boat launching facilities and support better access to waterways.

New children’s fishing programs will teach the next generation of fishers responsible fishing behaviours while a grant program will support angling clubs in promoting the popular pastime.

Also included in the plan is a program to halt commercial netting in Port Phillip and Corio bays over eight years through a buyout of licences, increasing fish stocks for recreational anglers across Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, Danielle Green

“Target One Million will grow recreational fishing across regional Victoria, giving families better opportunities to spend some quality time together outdoors.”

“Increasing the number of recreational fishers to one million will create jobs, support local businesses and strengthen our rural and regional communities.”

“We want to keep Victoria a great place to wet a line – that’s why we’re investing in projects that improve fishing opportunities and facilities.”

4 May 2015

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