Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville today fulfilled another election commitment announcing a $250,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government for a purpose-built fishing jetty at the Clifton Springs boat harbour.
The funds will help the City of Greater Geelong design and construct the new jetty, which will improve fishing opportunities for land-based anglers at this popular spot on Port Phillip Bay.
The grant has been allocated from the Labor government’s Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which aims to get more people fishing, more often by boosting participation to one million anglers by 2020.
Construction is expected to commence by autumn next year with completion in winter 2016.
Clifton Springs is a popular recreational fishing spot with boating anglers who chase snapper, flathead, King George whiting and calamari, and boasts good facilities including toilets and a fish cleaning table.
The new jetty will help those without a boat to wet a line safely too with a good chance of success.
Target One Million will also build new recreational fishing reefs, deploy fish attracting devices (FADS), increase fish stocking from three to five million, strengthen angling club membership and establish children’s fishing programs in schools.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Water Lisa Neville
“It is great to be delivering this election commitment which was one of the key priorities of the local community leading in to the election.”
“Our Target One Million plan will give local families better opportunities to spend more time together outdoors.”
“By improving fishing opportunities we will increase the number of recreational anglers to one million, creating jobs, supporting local businesses and strengthening our rural and regional communities.”
Reviewed 10 February 2021