Free forums dive into fishing and boating

VICTORIAN recreational fishers and boaters from all corners of the state will again have the chance to discuss their much-loved pastimes and share ideas to make fishing even better at a series of free Fishing and Boating Forums. These forums, hosted by local fishing clubs, have become an annual tradition, with this year marking the third consecutive instalment.

The forums will feature presentations from Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) and Better Boating Victoria (BBV) staff on the latest in fishing and boating, including updates on the positive impact the Victorian Government’s $96 million package to improve fishing, boating, piers and aquaculture is making in each local area.

The first of the 12 forums will be held on Thursday, 3 August in Mildura, hosted by the Nangiloc Angling Club. A further 11 forums will take place between 22 August and 20 September in Kyabram, Wangaratta, Shepparton, Albert Park, Mitcham, Charlton, Ballarat, Horsham, Warrnambool, Leongatha and Nicholson.

The forums, all of which will be held on weeknights from 7 – 9pm, will feature a comprehensive hour-long presentation before the audience gets the chance to engage with VFA and BBV representatives directly, providing an opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas.

Topics will be tailored to each region, including local initiatives from the Go Fishing Victoria plan, upgrades as part of the state’s biggest ever boat ramp construction program being led by BBV, the vital work of Fisheries Officers and research insights from fisheries scientists into iconic fish like Murray cod and yellowtail kingfish.

VFA CEO Travis Dowling said this year’s run of forums was the biggest yet and presented an opportunity for fishers and boaters to learn something new, share an idea or ask that burning question that has long been the source of debate with family and friends.

“We’re excited to be heading out to even more clubs to catch up with fishers and boaters and discuss how we’re helping make their pastime better than ever,” he said.

“What we’re really keen to do is hear what matters to fishers and boaters in their neck of the woods. Locals know their patch best and their ideas can help us make fishing even better in Victoria.

“There’s so much to chat about, from where we’re stocking your fish, the growing all-abilities boating network, reinvestment of fees from your fishing and boating licences, important education work and much, much more.”

For enthusiasts eager to enhance their fishing and boating experiences, the Fishing and Boating Forums promise to be a must-attend event.

Each forum is free, and no booking is required. To find out more visit

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