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New signage highlights access points on the Delatite

Tuesday 23 September, 2008
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) wish to inform the Upper Goulburn community, that signs were recently erected to illustrate where Crown Land exists providing access points to the Delatite River for passive recreational pursuits.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) wish to inform the Upper Goulburn community, that signs were recently erected to illustrate where Crown Land exists providing access points to the Delatite River for passive recreational pursuits.

Christine Glassford, Upper Goulburn Waterways Team Leader at the GB CMA said site specific signs have been placed at four locations, between Hearns Lane and Bracks Bridge, where the GB CMA has completed in-stream habitat improvement works.

"These works were funded by the Victorian Government using Recreational Fishing Licence fees through the annual Recreational Fishing Grants Program."

Ms Glassford went on to say the authority acknowledged the difficulty the general public face in knowing where they have legal access along our waterways.

"The angler access signage details the works implemented, providing recreational fishing information, locations of fish habitat improvement and maps that illustrate where Crown Land exists along the bank from that position on the river."

"At one of the sites, a landholder generously permits public access along freehold frontage to reach a habitat improvement site, as indicated on the nearby sign," said Ms Glassford.

"Each sign has been placed in prominent view to promote recognition of a defined angler access point, most commonly with a stile installed to enable the fence to be crossed."

"Many more similar signs are being prepared through another Recreational Fishing Grants Program project for placement along the Goulburn River between Eildon and Alexandra, which is a very popular reach for recreational pursuits."

Ms Glassford said that complementary riparian-zone enhancement works to improve overall stream condition were also being undertaken, including stock exclusion fencing, weed control and site revegetation.

Fish surveys were conducted in November at each of the four locations on the Delatite River prior to commencement of works.

Surveys will be conducted again around the same time of year to reduce variables in stream flow and more accurately assess the impacts of the works on fish populations.

These works were also funded by the Victorian Government using Recreational Fishing Licence fees through the annual Recreational Fishing Grants Program.

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For more information please contact

Christine Glassford at GB CMA on 0419 567 461
Stacey Brauman at Impress Publicity on 0400 644 637