The Andrews Labor Government is preserving Lake Toolondo as one of Victoria’s premier recreational fishing sites, securing a5000-megalitre water allocation to protect fish stocks.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford and Environment Minister Lisa Neville at Lake Toolondo to fulfil this key election commitment.
Delivery of water to Lake Toolondo will start this month and will increase the reservoir by about 10 per cent of its maximum operating volume.
It’s part of the Labor Government’s three-point plan to protect Lake Toolondo’s status as a top trout fishery, attracting anglers from across the state.
In recent years, there has been concern that if the water levels at Lake Toolondo continue to drop, the trout may die, resulting in loss of the recreational fishery.
The Government will also establish the Lake Toolondo Recreational Fishing Advisory Group, led by former Agriculture Minister Joe Helper, to guide future management arrangements for the lake. The group will include representatives from the industry and the local community.
Scientists from Fisheries Victoria and the Arthur Rylah Institute will also research the effects of different water levels on the fishery, using data and measurements to find out how to preserve recreational fishing.
The Labor Government’s Target One Million plan aims to boost fish stocks, improve fishing and boating facilities and promote the great pastime of recreational fishing.
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“Lake Toolondo is an anchor for this region, bringing in anglers from around the state.”
“We’re working hard to promote this great pastime and give recreational fishers the facilities they need.”
Quotes attributable to Minister Jaala Pulford
“Our three-point plan for Lake Toolondo will guarantee the future of one of Victoria’s best fishing spots.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for the Environment, Lisa Neville
“The 5000-megalitre water allocation contributed by Iluka Resources will be a huge boost to the health of fish stock in the reservoir.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020