The Andrews Labor Government will spend $1 million over the next four years to support recreational angling and the health of waterways and the environment as part of Water for Victoria – the state water plan.
The $1 million Angler Riparian Partnerships Program will help fund riparian habitat improvement projects across Victoria.
The money will be used for partnerships between the nine regional catchment management authorities (CMAs) and recreational angling groups for works including fencing and revegetation along waterways.
Local angling groups will work directly with CMAs on priority projects.
The Labor Government is working to improve the health of the state’s rivers, wetlands and estuaries by implementing the Regional Riparian Action Plan. This will accelerate the rate of on-ground riparian works in Victoria.
Last month, the Labor Government launched Water for Victoria – a framework to guide smarter water management, bolster the water grid, involve Aboriginal communities in water planning and support recreational water use.
Victorian angling groups can contact their local CMA for information on how to get involved in the program.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville
“This money will go a long way to rehabilitating riparian land and ensuring our waterways are healthy.”
“Recreational water use is a key component of Water for Victoria – which looks at projects to support local communities and harness the shared benefits of water.”
“This funding adds to the Target One Million Plan to support recreational angling in Victoria.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford
“We’re getting on with growing recreational fishing in Victoria, creating jobs, supporting local businesses and strengthening our rural and regional communities by giving families better opportunities to spend quality time together outdoors.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020