Local and visiting anglers will now benefit from better access to the Glenelg River thanks to new jetties at two locations.
The two new timber jetties replace old ones alongside the West Bank boat ramp and at the end of the Isle of Bags Road on the eastern shore.
Glenelg River in Victoria’s southwest is a popular location with anglers who target black bream, estuary perch and mulloway.
The new jetty at the West Bank boat ramp will help fishers launch and retrieve their boats and provide a stable platform for passengers to board without getting wet feet, while the new jetty at the Isle of Bags replaces the existing structure, which had succumbed to time and wear. It will provide land-based fishers with a safe and comfortable platform to fish from in all conditions.
Both jetties have been raised to allow their safe use during periods of high water, which is typically experienced when the Glenelg River mouth closes.
The Andrews Labor Government is committed to improving fishing facilities for anglers and has established a Better Fishing Facilities Fund as part of its Target One Million plan to support more projects like these two upgrades.
The 2015-16 Victorian Budget provided $20 million to implement the Andrews Labor Government’s Target 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.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford
“Our Target One Million will grow recreational fishing in Victoria, creating jobs, supporting local businesses and giving families better opportunities to spend time together outdoors.”
“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.”
“I would like to congratulate the Nelson Foreshore Committee of Management on the management of this project, which will provide an important benefit to local and visiting anglers.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020