Waterway

Local anglers to benefit from licence funding

Wednesday 6 September, 2006
Anglers will have better access to their favourite fishing spots in the Murray Valley  under a project announced today (Wednesday) by The Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier the Hon Kaye Darveniza.

Anglers will have better access to their favourite fishing spots in the Murray Valley  under a project announced today (Wednesday) by The Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier the Hon Kaye Darveniza.

In a visit to the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Ms Darveniza announced $22,000 in funding for works to improve vehicle access, provide cleaning and picnic tables and signage.

The funding has been allocated under the Recreational Fishing Grant Program that uses money collected by the Victorian Government from recreational fishing licences for works on waterways to support recreational fishing.

Under the project, parking areas will be levelled and gravelled to enable better access, especially for the disabled and elderly.

The works will occur along the Broken, Boosey and Nine Mile Creek systems in the Broken Boosey State Park, and the Tungamah and Numurkah Natural Features Reserves. The project will be co-ordinated by the Goulburn Broken CMA and maintained by Parks Victoria.

Accepting the funding, Goulburn Broken CMA Board member John Pettigrew said the works would also help prevent degradation to the waterways by uncontrolled access that led to erosion.

He said the Goulburn Broken CMA understood that waterways had to  be managed for both environmental and community values including recreation and fishing.

"These works will help ensure our creeks and rivers remain in good condition so that they can be enjoyed now and by future generations,'' Mr Pettigrew said. 

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For more information telephone Lisa McKenzie on 0427 212 651.