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COASTAL PROJECTS TO BENEFIT IN LOCH SPORT AND WALKERVILLE

Beachgoers in Loch Sport and Walkerville will have safer access to coastal areas thanks to the Victorian Government’s $500,000 Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett MP said: “A total of 12 coastal Crown land managers will receive grants to develop and implement projects that reduce coastal risk and improve public access.” “This funding will be used to support works such as renewing fencing, rebuilding access tracks, repairing coastal structures, geotechnical risk assessments and coastal erosion mitigations,” Ms Garrett said. In Gippsland, the Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program has funded two projects: • Loch Sport Foreshore Committee of Management Inc. - $47,888.00 Realignment of Eroded Foreshore Walking Track at Seagull Drive and The Boulevard • Walkerville Foreshore Committee of Management Inc. - $22,565.00 Walkerville South Coastal Access Tracks Rebuild and Repair “The Victorian Government recognises the important responsibility coastal land managers have in balancing protection of the environment with community enjoyment of these spaces,” Ms Garrett said. “These projects will help reduce risks to marine and coastal environments while improving public access, leading to mutual benefits for the community and the environment.” The Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program is funded by the Victorian Government through the $2.7 billion Building Works package that is supporting jobs and investment across Victoria and helping local communities bounce back from the economic impacts of the Coronavirus. Through the Building Works Package, the Government is delivering more than $11 million to safeguard marine and coastal environments from the impacts of climate change, including $3 million for coastal infrastructure in Apollo Bay. For a full list of grant recipients, visit https://www.marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/grants/coastal-public-access-and-risk-grants

COASTAL PROJECTS TO BENEFIT IN LOCH SPORT AND WALKERVILLE

Beachgoers in Loch Sport and Walkerville will have safer access to coastal areas thanks to the Victorian Government’s $500,000 Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett MP said: “A total of 12 coastal Crown land managers will receive grants to develop and implement projects that reduce coastal risk and improve public access.” “This funding will be used to support works such as renewing fencing, rebuilding access tracks, repairing coastal structures, geotechnical risk assessments and coastal erosion mitigations,” Ms Garrett said. In Gippsland, the Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program has funded two projects: • Loch Sport Foreshore Committee of Management Inc. - $47,888.00 Realignment of Eroded Foreshore Walking Track at Seagull Drive and The Boulevard • Walkerville Foreshore Committee of Management Inc. - $22,565.00 Walkerville South Coastal Access Tracks Rebuild and Repair “The Victorian Government recognises the important responsibility coastal land managers have in balancing protection of the environment with community enjoyment of these spaces,” Ms Garrett said. “These projects will help reduce risks to marine and coastal environments while improving public access, leading to mutual benefits for the community and the environment.” The Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program is funded by the Victorian Government through the $2.7 billion Building Works package that is supporting jobs and investment across Victoria and helping local communities bounce back from the economic impacts of the Coronavirus. Through the Building Works Package, the Government is delivering more than $11 million to safeguard marine and coastal environments from the impacts of climate change, including $3 million for coastal infrastructure in Apollo Bay. For a full list of grant recipients, visit https://www.marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/grants/coastal-public-access-and-risk-grants

BUSINESS AND TOURISM ASSOCIATIONS RECEIVE VITAL RECOVERY FUNDING

Sale Business and Tourism Association and Maffra Business and Tourism Association will benefit from $20,000 each awarded through the Victorian Government’s Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program. Both associations provide critical advice, connections and resources to businesses and these grants will be crucial in helping them to support members’ transition to COVID Normal. The Government’s $3 million Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program provides funds to business chambers and trader groups across Victoria to help their local business communities recover and start to grow again. Grant recipients can use funding towards business activation initiatives like facilitating members’ adaptation to COVID Normal, “buy local” campaigns and improving access to programs and services focused on resilience and recovery. The Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program is part of the $3 billion Business Resilience Package which aims to help businesses impacted by ongoing restrictions to keep going and prepare for COVID Normal operations. Additional programs in the package include the $822 million third round of the Business Support Fund, the $100 million Sole Trader Support Fund and $87.5 million to support hospitality businesses prepare for COVID Normal reopening across Victoria. For more information about the Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program, go to: business.vic.gov.au/businesschambers. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett MP “Both Sale and Maffra Business and Tourism Associations are strong advocates for their business communities and this funding will be essential in helping local business recover and prepare for the new COVID Normal.” “We appreciate the role that business chambers and trader groups can play in helping local businesses recover – that’s why it’s important to back that leadership with funding for local solutions to this global pandemic.” “This funding will assist businesses in Sale and Maffra get through to the other side of the pandemic and both these associations will be essential in the recovery effort.”

BUSINESS AND TOURISM ASSOCIATIONS RECEIVE VITAL RECOVERY FUNDING

Sale Business and Tourism Association and Maffra Business and Tourism Association will benefit from $20,000 each awarded through the Victorian Government’s Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program. Both associations provide critical advice, connections and resources to businesses and these grants will be crucial in helping them to support members’ transition to COVID Normal. The Government’s $3 million Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program provides funds to business chambers and trader groups across Victoria to help their local business communities recover and start to grow again. Grant recipients can use funding towards business activation initiatives like facilitating members’ adaptation to COVID Normal, “buy local” campaigns and improving access to programs and services focused on resilience and recovery. The Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program is part of the $3 billion Business Resilience Package which aims to help businesses impacted by ongoing restrictions to keep going and prepare for COVID Normal operations. Additional programs in the package include the $822 million third round of the Business Support Fund, the $100 million Sole Trader Support Fund and $87.5 million to support hospitality businesses prepare for COVID Normal reopening across Victoria. For more information about the Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program, go to: business.vic.gov.au/businesschambers. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett MP “Both Sale and Maffra Business and Tourism Associations are strong advocates for their business communities and this funding will be essential in helping local business recover and prepare for the new COVID Normal.” “We appreciate the role that business chambers and trader groups can play in helping local businesses recover – that’s why it’s important to back that leadership with funding for local solutions to this global pandemic.” “This funding will assist businesses in Sale and Maffra get through to the other side of the pandemic and both these associations will be essential in the recovery effort.”

YOUTH URGED TO HELP REBUILD BUSHFIRE-HIT COMMUNITIES

Young Victorians affected by bushfires can take part in a series of workshops and consultations as part of a Bushfire Trauma Recovery & Resilience program to rebuild their local communities. Minister for Education James Merlino today invited young people in Outer Gippsland and Ovens Murray areas affected by last summer’s bushfires to sign up for online youth advocacy workshops on 15, 20 and 22 October to help lead local bushfire recovery. The workshops will support young people to lead and engage with recovery in their community and are run in partnership with Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic). Young people are also invited to take part in a workshop on 6 November to advise on the establishment and operation of a youth-led disaster recovery network. Young people are urged to bring their fresh ideas and forward-thinking to the interactive workshops to help inform bushfire recovery projects and initiatives over the next two years, including the establishment of a youth-led disaster recovery network. The information will also be published in a final report due for release in 2021. There will be further consultations in October to December with youth, in partnership with YACVic and Bushfire Recovery Victoria, as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to fund support for communities impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires. As part of this funding, the Department of Education and Training has established a Trauma Recovery Team to provide expert advice and psychosocial support to schools to support children and young people to recover and rebuild from the impacts of the bushfires. To register, visit yacvic.org.au/get-involved/events/youth-advocacy-workshops/#TOC-3. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Bushfire recovery efforts should be community-led, responsive and flexible and build upon existing community resilience, strengths and knowledge. Quote attributable to Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville “Engaging young people in recovery activities and decisions will bring fresh ideas and ensure that our actions meet the needs of our young people so that they are supported and able to lead within their communities.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “East Gippsland was badly affected by bushfire and it’s important young people have a role to play in informing how best to rebuild their communities.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Young Victorians will have important insights about recovery to bring to the table – it’s vital they have a way to have these ideas and concerns heard.”

YOUTH URGED TO HELP REBUILD BUSHFIRE-HIT COMMUNITIES

Young Victorians affected by bushfires can take part in a series of workshops and consultations as part of a Bushfire Trauma Recovery & Resilience program to rebuild their local communities. Minister for Education James Merlino today invited young people in Outer Gippsland and Ovens Murray areas affected by last summer’s bushfires to sign up for online youth advocacy workshops on 15, 20 and 22 October to help lead local bushfire recovery. The workshops will support young people to lead and engage with recovery in their community and are run in partnership with Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic). Young people are also invited to take part in a workshop on 6 November to advise on the establishment and operation of a youth-led disaster recovery network. Young people are urged to bring their fresh ideas and forward-thinking to the interactive workshops to help inform bushfire recovery projects and initiatives over the next two years, including the establishment of a youth-led disaster recovery network. The information will also be published in a final report due for release in 2021. There will be further consultations in October to December with youth, in partnership with YACVic and Bushfire Recovery Victoria, as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to fund support for communities impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires. As part of this funding, the Department of Education and Training has established a Trauma Recovery Team to provide expert advice and psychosocial support to schools to support children and young people to recover and rebuild from the impacts of the bushfires. To register, visit yacvic.org.au/get-involved/events/youth-advocacy-workshops/#TOC-3. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Bushfire recovery efforts should be community-led, responsive and flexible and build upon existing community resilience, strengths and knowledge. Quote attributable to Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville “Engaging young people in recovery activities and decisions will bring fresh ideas and ensure that our actions meet the needs of our young people so that they are supported and able to lead within their communities.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “East Gippsland was badly affected by bushfire and it’s important young people have a role to play in informing how best to rebuild their communities.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Young Victorians will have important insights about recovery to bring to the table – it’s vital they have a way to have these ideas and concerns heard.”

INVESTING IN BAIRNSDALE SECONDARY COLLEGE’S MASTERPLAN

Bairnsdale families are closer to scoring a major redevelopment to their local school with $804,000 to plan the next stage of the masterplan at Bairnsdale Secondary College, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced the investment for the school to complete the full design and documentation for the second stage in their masterplan which includes a new science building. This funding allows the school to develop detailed designs to make this project shovel ready, will create future jobs and help fast-track the state’s long-term economic recovery hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The school will be able to design modern fit-for-purposes learning spaces that meet the needs of the community. The school is one of 40 across Victoria to share in $45.7 million to start planning for upgrades and new builds under the Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund. This investment is on top of the $1.4 million allocated to the first stage of Bairnsdale Secondary College’s masterplan to begin a major modernisation of the school. Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund is a new $180 million initiative part of the Victorian Government’s ongoing response to support long-term economic recovery in Victoria. The Victorian Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “The Victorian Government is providing students and teachers across the state 21st Century learning facilities to enable them to reach their full potential – that’s why Victoria is the Education State.” “We are fulfilling our election promises while planning for future student numbers and providing an economic boost to the state.” “This investment in Bairnsdale Secondary College will help students achieve their best results while allowing the school to plan for the future growth of their community.”

INVESTING IN BAIRNSDALE SECONDARY COLLEGE’S MASTERPLAN

Bairnsdale families are closer to scoring a major redevelopment to their local school with $804,000 to plan the next stage of the masterplan at Bairnsdale Secondary College, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced the investment for the school to complete the full design and documentation for the second stage in their masterplan which includes a new science building. This funding allows the school to develop detailed designs to make this project shovel ready, will create future jobs and help fast-track the state’s long-term economic recovery hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The school will be able to design modern fit-for-purposes learning spaces that meet the needs of the community. The school is one of 40 across Victoria to share in $45.7 million to start planning for upgrades and new builds under the Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund. This investment is on top of the $1.4 million allocated to the first stage of Bairnsdale Secondary College’s masterplan to begin a major modernisation of the school. Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund is a new $180 million initiative part of the Victorian Government’s ongoing response to support long-term economic recovery in Victoria. The Victorian Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “The Victorian Government is providing students and teachers across the state 21st Century learning facilities to enable them to reach their full potential – that’s why Victoria is the Education State.” “We are fulfilling our election promises while planning for future student numbers and providing an economic boost to the state.” “This investment in Bairnsdale Secondary College will help students achieve their best results while allowing the school to plan for the future growth of their community.”

 

NEW NURSERY TO GROW MORE TIMBER AND GIPPSLAND JOBS

Victoria’s forestry transition will be supported with the creation of a new state-owned nursery in East Gippsland, which will also help local forests and economies recover from the devastating 2019-20 Victorian bushfires. Establishment of the $10 million Victorian Forest Nursery will increase the eucalypt seedling supply chain and create up to 30 new jobs, most of which will be ongoing. The Victorian Government’s Gippsland Plantations Investment Program will provide a $2 million grant to VicForests to establish and manage the nursery, on the former P.R. Adams sawmill site at Nowa Nowa in East Gippsland, with planning requirements being worked on ahead of project commencement in the coming months. The Program is part of the Government’s $110 million investment in plantation timber. It supports the Victorian Forestry Plan and the timeline it sets to transition from harvesting native forests to a plantation-based sector. Currently five-out-of-six trees harvested in Victoria are from plantations and the state has the largest area dedicated to timber plantations in Australia. The nursery is expected to have a production capacity of up to 5 million seedlings each year, which could support plantings and reforestation of around 5,000 hectares annually. Production of eucalypt seedlings will support bushfire recovery replanting, forestry coupe regeneration, timber plantations and farm forestry programs in Gippsland as state forest harvesting decreases over the next decade. The East Gippsland community will benefit from new learning opportunities developed in consultation with the Forestec campus of TAFE Gippsland, along with options to reskill and employ existing timber industry workers. The nursery will also present opportunities for involvement and collaboration with local Aboriginal organisations. The VicForests Forest Nursery complements the Government’s Gippsland Centre of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation, announced in July. Consistent with the Victorian Timber Innovation Fund, assistance will be provided to develop new products using plantation timber as the sector transitions and evolves. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “We’re supporting the future of our timber industry by securing jobs the whole Gippsland community can benefit from.” “The seedlings grown at this exciting new nursery will support the future of our timber industry by securing new jobs and new plantations, and support the regeneration of our forests.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “We’re excited to create a nursery to bring new jobs to East Gippsland to support the transition to a plantation-based timber industry.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “This initiative will also help to ensure that local community members are able to benefit from the employment opportunities of plantation tree harvesting, consistent with the Victorian Forestry Plan.”

NEW NURSERY TO GROW MORE TIMBER AND GIPPSLAND JOBS

Victoria’s forestry transition will be supported with the creation of a new state-owned nursery in East Gippsland, which will also help local forests and economies recover from the devastating 2019-20 Victorian bushfires. Establishment of the $10 million Victorian Forest Nursery will increase the eucalypt seedling supply chain and create up to 30 new jobs, most of which will be ongoing. The Victorian Government’s Gippsland Plantations Investment Program will provide a $2 million grant to VicForests to establish and manage the nursery, on the former P.R. Adams sawmill site at Nowa Nowa in East Gippsland, with planning requirements being worked on ahead of project commencement in the coming months. The Program is part of the Government’s $110 million investment in plantation timber. It supports the Victorian Forestry Plan and the timeline it sets to transition from harvesting native forests to a plantation-based sector. Currently five-out-of-six trees harvested in Victoria are from plantations and the state has the largest area dedicated to timber plantations in Australia. The nursery is expected to have a production capacity of up to 5 million seedlings each year, which could support plantings and reforestation of around 5,000 hectares annually. Production of eucalypt seedlings will support bushfire recovery replanting, forestry coupe regeneration, timber plantations and farm forestry programs in Gippsland as state forest harvesting decreases over the next decade. The East Gippsland community will benefit from new learning opportunities developed in consultation with the Forestec campus of TAFE Gippsland, along with options to reskill and employ existing timber industry workers. The nursery will also present opportunities for involvement and collaboration with local Aboriginal organisations. The VicForests Forest Nursery complements the Government’s Gippsland Centre of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation, announced in July. Consistent with the Victorian Timber Innovation Fund, assistance will be provided to develop new products using plantation timber as the sector transitions and evolves. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “We’re supporting the future of our timber industry by securing jobs the whole Gippsland community can benefit from.” “The seedlings grown at this exciting new nursery will support the future of our timber industry by securing new jobs and new plantations, and support the regeneration of our forests.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “We’re excited to create a nursery to bring new jobs to East Gippsland to support the transition to a plantation-based timber industry.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “This initiative will also help to ensure that local community members are able to benefit from the employment opportunities of plantation tree harvesting, consistent with the Victorian Forestry Plan.”

TOWN ENTRY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT FOR TINAMBA

Gippsland’s Tinamba community will soon have easier and safer access to public transport and local businesses thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions program. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced that the Government will invest $40,000 to deliver improvements on Traralgon-Maffra Road through the town, alongside support from Wellington Shire Council. The Tinamba Town Entry Improvement Project will include improved pedestrian and vehicle access to local businesses, a new bus stop on the western side of the road, upgrades to the existing bus stop on the eastern side of the road and improved kerbs and drainage. Road safety will also be improved through the town with the introduction of sealed kerbs and line marking, providing clearer delineation to drivers. The Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions program provides funding for local transport initiatives, services and infrastructure in regional Victoria. The program works with local transport forums, regional partnerships, local councils and community organisations to identify and deliver local transport opportunities. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett MP “This project will improve access to V/Line coach service to Traralgon and Sale, which provide vital links to employment and education opportunities for locals, and connections to train services on the Gippsland line.” “We’re working with Wellington Shire Council to deliver this important project that will provide better and safer access for pedestrians and vehicles in Tinamba.”

TOWN ENTRY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT FOR TINAMBA

Gippsland’s Tinamba community will soon have easier and safer access to public transport and local businesses thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions program. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced that the Government will invest $40,000 to deliver improvements on Traralgon-Maffra Road through the town, alongside support from Wellington Shire Council. The Tinamba Town Entry Improvement Project will include improved pedestrian and vehicle access to local businesses, a new bus stop on the western side of the road, upgrades to the existing bus stop on the eastern side of the road and improved kerbs and drainage. Road safety will also be improved through the town with the introduction of sealed kerbs and line marking, providing clearer delineation to drivers. The Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions program provides funding for local transport initiatives, services and infrastructure in regional Victoria. The program works with local transport forums, regional partnerships, local councils and community organisations to identify and deliver local transport opportunities. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett MP “This project will improve access to V/Line coach service to Traralgon and Sale, which provide vital links to employment and education opportunities for locals, and connections to train services on the Gippsland line.” “We’re working with Wellington Shire Council to deliver this important project that will provide better and safer access for pedestrians and vehicles in Tinamba.”

SOUTH GIPPSLAND RACING WINS BIG WITH STONY CREEK PROJECT

Stony Creek Racing Club will soon have safer and more accessible horse stalls, thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced $175,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to support the major upgrade at the South Gippsland course, with the club investing more than $135,000 and Racing Victoria contributing $75,000. The old tie-up stalls south of the track have done their dash and are being replaced with 90 new stalls with a redesigned layout that provides for improved access and movement of horses. Work has commenced and is on track for completion in time for Stony Creek’s next meeting on 28 December. New drainage and concrete foundations will be installed as part of the project – saving water and improving safety for participants, horses and the public, as well as giving owners better access to view their horses. Since December 2014, the Government has provided more than $310,000 to support nine infrastructure projects and three meetings at Stony Creek. The thoroughbred racing industry in regional Victoria generates more than $715 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 6,100 full-time-equivalent jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “This project will boost Stony Creek’s standing as one of the best – and certainly most picturesque – courses in country Victoria.” “The old facility will be replaced by tie-up stalls that will be better for horses, trainers, owners and the public.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Stony Creek Racing Club is an institution in South Gippsland and we’re investing in its future – just as we have over the past six years.” Quote attributable to Stony Creek Racing Club President Michael Darmanin “We’re grateful for the support of the Victorian Government in upgrading our stalls. This project will realise a long-term vision and build our reputation as one of the best courses in Victoria for both trainers and visitors.”

SOUTH GIPPSLAND RACING WINS BIG WITH STONY CREEK PROJECT

Stony Creek Racing Club will soon have safer and more accessible horse stalls, thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced $175,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to support the major upgrade at the South Gippsland course, with the club investing more than $135,000 and Racing Victoria contributing $75,000. The old tie-up stalls south of the track have done their dash and are being replaced with 90 new stalls with a redesigned layout that provides for improved access and movement of horses. Work has commenced and is on track for completion in time for Stony Creek’s next meeting on 28 December. New drainage and concrete foundations will be installed as part of the project – saving water and improving safety for participants, horses and the public, as well as giving owners better access to view their horses. Since December 2014, the Government has provided more than $310,000 to support nine infrastructure projects and three meetings at Stony Creek. The thoroughbred racing industry in regional Victoria generates more than $715 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 6,100 full-time-equivalent jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “This project will boost Stony Creek’s standing as one of the best – and certainly most picturesque – courses in country Victoria.” “The old facility will be replaced by tie-up stalls that will be better for horses, trainers, owners and the public.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Stony Creek Racing Club is an institution in South Gippsland and we’re investing in its future – just as we have over the past six years.” Quote attributable to Stony Creek Racing Club President Michael Darmanin “We’re grateful for the support of the Victorian Government in upgrading our stalls. This project will realise a long-term vision and build our reputation as one of the best courses in Victoria for both trainers and visitors.”

NEW GIPPSLAND LAKES PLAN TO SAFEGUARD FISHERY’S FUTURE

The Victorian Government is delivering on its commitment to invest in science and habitat restoration in the Gippsland Lakes, with the release of a plan to safeguard the future of one of the state’s key fisheries. Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne unveiled the draft Gippsland Lakes Recreational Fishery Recovery Plan and called on local residents and businesses to have their say on the proposal, which will help return the lakes to a recreational fishing mecca. Earlier this year commercial netting was removed from the Gippsland Lakes, paving the way for the plan and delivering a key commitment of the Government’s $35 million Target One Million project. The last of the 10 commercial licences finished in April, handing back the fishery to recreational users. By improving habitat, installing artificial reefs, increasing stocks and consulting on bag and size limits, the plan will help accelerate the recovery of key species such as black bream and dusky flathead. Recreational fishing contributes $380 million to the Gippsland economy each year and the plan will improve catch rates and fish stocks, leading to better fisher satisfaction and more tourism. A steering committee will also be established once the plan is finalized, to oversee its implementation and a subsequent review after five years. The draft plan will be released for public comment for a period of six weeks and is available at vfa.vic.gov.au/gippslandlakes Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne “We’ve made the first steps in revitalising the Gippsland Lakes by removing commercial netting, and this plan will build on that work to get more people fishing, more often.” “The lakes are an iconic destination for fishers around the state and with improved habitat and more stocking there will be better fishing on offer and more fish to catch.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “This is a fantastic opportunity for Gippsland residents and businesses to have their say on how this beautiful area should be managed going forward.” “Fishing is a major contributor to tourism in Gippsland and making the lakes more accessible for recreational fishers will provide an economic boost to the entire region.”

NEW GIPPSLAND LAKES PLAN TO SAFEGUARD FISHERY’S FUTURE

The Victorian Government is delivering on its commitment to invest in science and habitat restoration in the Gippsland Lakes, with the release of a plan to safeguard the future of one of the state’s key fisheries. Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne unveiled the draft Gippsland Lakes Recreational Fishery Recovery Plan and called on local residents and businesses to have their say on the proposal, which will help return the lakes to a recreational fishing mecca. Earlier this year commercial netting was removed from the Gippsland Lakes, paving the way for the plan and delivering a key commitment of the Government’s $35 million Target One Million project. The last of the 10 commercial licences finished in April, handing back the fishery to recreational users. By improving habitat, installing artificial reefs, increasing stocks and consulting on bag and size limits, the plan will help accelerate the recovery of key species such as black bream and dusky flathead. Recreational fishing contributes $380 million to the Gippsland economy each year and the plan will improve catch rates and fish stocks, leading to better fisher satisfaction and more tourism. A steering committee will also be established once the plan is finalized, to oversee its implementation and a subsequent review after five years. The draft plan will be released for public comment for a period of six weeks and is available at vfa.vic.gov.au/gippslandlakes Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne “We’ve made the first steps in revitalising the Gippsland Lakes by removing commercial netting, and this plan will build on that work to get more people fishing, more often.” “The lakes are an iconic destination for fishers around the state and with improved habitat and more stocking there will be better fishing on offer and more fish to catch.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “This is a fantastic opportunity for Gippsland residents and businesses to have their say on how this beautiful area should be managed going forward.” “Fishing is a major contributor to tourism in Gippsland and making the lakes more accessible for recreational fishers will provide an economic boost to the entire region.”