Victoria’s anglers now have safe and convenient access to the Barwon River, thanks to the installation of two fishing platforms at Fyansford, on the outskirts of Geelong.
Member for Geelong, Ian Trezise MP, said the platforms, linked by a bush track, have been installed at the Cyril Synot Drive car park and 200 metres further upstream.
“These platforms have improved opportunities for anglers at two of the river’s most popular fishing spots and, built flush with the river bank, both platforms provide access for anglers of all abilities,” Trezise said.
“The Cyril Synot Drive car park platform was built on what used to be an uneven, slippery bank, but now the new platform provides year-round safe access for fishers.
“The second platform has been built over dense bank vegetation, designed to ensure shore-based anglers can now enjoy clear casting out to open water.”
Following technical advice and support from the Association of Geelong and District Angling Clubs and the Buckley Falls Advisory Committee, the City of Greater Geelong used $26,800 from the Recreational Fishing Licence Trust, to design and construct the platforms.
City of Greater Geelong Mayor Cr John Mitchell said providing anglers with suitable access points to the river will assist in the protection of surrounding vegetation and prevent further erosion to the river bank.
Both platforms feature 100 per cent recycled plastic decking which will not rot, shrink, splinter, grow mould or require painting over their long life spans. Kick rails act as rod holders and a canoe ramp and designated dog access point has been installed beside the car park platform.
Since its inception in 2001, the Recreational Fishing Grants Program has funded almost 240 projects worth more than $8.5 million.
For more information about how angling licence fees are being spent to improve fishing opportunities visit www.dpi.vic.gov/fishing/feesatwork or ring the DPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186.