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How Australian state is spending $35m to grow participation to a million

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The Target One Million initiative in Australia includes a $200,000 boost for the Vic Kids Fish scheme.

Work is underway on two developments aimed at growing recreational fishing in Victoria, Australia.

The projects are part of the State Government’s $35 million Target One Million plan to grow participation to a million this year and boost fish stocking to a record ten million in 2022.

The Snobs Creek Hatchery facility, near Eldon, is undergoing a $1.2 million revitalisation and a new fisheries officer station is being established at Braeside.

“We recognise the importance of fishing to Victorians and the economy, which is why we are investing,” said Victorian Fisheries Authority CEO Travis Dowling. 

Other projects included in Target One Million, which was implemented at the end of 2018, include:

• A ‘Fishing For All’ programme to get more people into fishing, including a further $200,000 into the Vic Fish Kids scheme.

• A recreational fishing tourism plan focused on events and promoting towns and regions with specific species.

• The construction of a new $7 million native fish hatchery in Shepparton for warm water species like Murray cod and golden perch.

• The opening up of hundreds of crown land river frontages for access by fishermen and campers.

• A $2.5 million spend on reef development at Port Phillip to improve fish habitat.

• The abolition of all boat ramp parking and launching fees at state boat ramps.

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