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Mallee CMA keen to hook up with anglers

Fishing groups have the chance to put forward ideas and proposals for works that will improve facilities and accessibility of fishing areas for recreational angling in the Mallee.

The Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA), with support from the Victorian Government, is providing $30,000 a year for four years for the Angler Riparian Partnerships Program.

Mallee CMA chair Sharyon Peart said the funding would set up partnerships with the region’s recreational angling groups to undertake work at sites identified by anglers.

“Individual anglers or angling groups can make submissions and we want to hear about their ideas to improve the accessibility and sustainability of angling in the Mallee or to improve the health of priority areas,” Ms Peart said.

“The projects might include things such as stock management fencing, revegetation and weed management, or the installation of filleting tables, signage and bollards that will improve management of fishing areas,” she said.

“We could also partner with the organisations to run specific education programs or community events or, in some cases, carry out particular research or tagging programs.”

Ms Peart said the planning and infrastructure work would be done by Mallee CMA once proposals from anglers and angling groups were assessed and prioritized.

“The proposals will be evaluated on criteria such as their community benefit, their advantage to the environment and their value for money,” she said.

“We hope the groups will see the funding is a terrific opportunity to leverage the community benefits we’re already seeing from other programs, such as the environmental watering at Mallee wetlands,” she said.

Health river flows, and better habitat together with record fish stocking across Victoria is all part of the State Governments commitment to have healthy waterways and get one million Victorians fishing by 2020.

 

Works can be proposed anywhere in the Mallee CMA area.  The Angler Riparian Partnerships Program Expression of Interest form is available on the Mallee CMA website and in hard copy by contacting Mallee CMA on 5051 4377 or project officer Nicole Wishart at Nicole.Wishart@malleecma.com.au, with expressions of interest closing on 26th April 2017.

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