Six stiles are being installed in the Thornton/Eildon area and three near Seymour to provide better public access to the Goulburn River.
Goulburn Broken CMA River Health Officer Sue Kosch said thanks to funding through the Victorian Government’s Better Fishing Facilities grants program the stiles would be installed close to popular fishing sites.
“We sought input from local anglers on popular river access spots and then approached some landowners near those sites whose properties back on to Crown land who didn’t have any stiles on their property,” Ms Kosch said.
“The landowners were only too happy to have stiles put in as they limit the risk of stock gates being left open or fences getting damaged when people try to get though or over them, so it’s a great outcome for all.”
The stiles are all due to be installed in time for the opening of the trout season (Saturday, September 1).
To find out more about the Goulburn Broken CMA’s river health activities, including fencing and revegetation, erosion control, pest control, returning logs to rivers (re-snagging) for fish and bug habitat, installation of fishways to allow fish to pass through dams and weirs and water for the environment, drop by our stall at the Eildon Fishing Festival to be held on Saturday September 1 from 10am – 4pm at the Eildon Community Centre.
The Better Fishing Facilities grants program is part of the Target One Million initiative that funds projects that benefit recreational fishers and boost participation.