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Nominations open to join Recreational Fishing Grants Working Group

by Peter Sellars on 2 May 2012
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The Coalition Government wants to hear from anyone who is a keen angler and want to play a role in building great recreational fishing opportunities in Victoria.

Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh said nominations were now open to join the Recreational Fishing Grants Working Group, which provides grass roots advice to the Government on how best to spend recreational fishing licence funds in Victoria.

Mr Walsh said the working group was made up of eight recreational fishers appointed for a three year term, who brought together a range of fishing knowledge and experience from across the state.

The group includes one person nominated by VRFish and one person representing the recreational fishing businesses that support the multi-million dollar industry.

Mr Walsh said licence fees were spent on delivering better fishing opportunities for recreational fishers through fish stocking, improving fish habitat, providing better access to popular fishing locations and undertaking research on popular fish species.

'The Victorian Government is committed to putting fishing licence fees to work to deliver the best outcomes for recreational fishers across the state,' Mr Walsh said.

'The opportunity to join this group is open to all Victorian recreational fishers who have a passion for fishing and are interested in helping Fisheries Victoria continue its important work of improving fishing opportunities.

'The group will have a broad collective knowledge and experience of Victorian recreational fishing to help them assess applications for funding from angling clubs, community groups, councils and other government agencies.'

Nominations close on Tuesday 31 July 2012. For more information or to nominate contact Robin Billen from Horton International on 9650 2555 or email DPI Victoria website
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