Thursday, 21 March 2019

Ms GARRETT (Eastern Victoria) (09:50:51): I would like to raise a story that is very fishy in my electorate. Last week in Sale, on behalf of the fabulous Minister Pulford, I was delighted to help release 875 Australian bass fingerlings into Lake Guthridge, which is right in the heart of the city. Although I personally did not get out the ruler, they measured 40 to 50 millimeters in length, but within about three years they will be a very catchable size of 27 centimetres. You will be happy with that, Mr Gepp. It is a beautiful spot where we stock bass in summer and autumn and trout in winter and spring, which makes the sport a year-round recreation. The Andrews Labor government is investing $27 million—

Mr Davis: In fingerlings?

Ms GARRETT: No. That is a lot of fingerlings, Mr Davis. The Andrews Labor government is investing $27 million, funded by licensing fees, as we aim to have 1 million Victorians regularly head off to catch fish and get involved in their local clubs. Last year a record 6 million fish were stocked around the state, and by 2022 that will be increased to 10 million fish a year. That is a lot of fish. This is great news for communities and brings enormous economic benefits, particularly to regional areas. If any members want to know more, just drop me a line. I was delighted to meet with the heads of the anglers clubs there. They are delighted with what the Andrews government is doing.

Everyone get fishing!