Little Angler Kits free for Victorian kids

VICTORIAN Minister for Outdoor Recreation Sonya Kilkenny announced 60,000 kits will be made available to grade five primary students in more than 1,900 Victorian schools later this year.

The kits will set families up with everything they need to wet a line including a fishing rod and reel, line, tackle box, some tackle and a Kids’ Guide to Fishing that includes information and links to educational resources to learn the basics such as fishing safety, knots and rigs.

The kits will help youngsters get active, learn about the aquatic environment and have fun in the great outdoors whether they be down the coast, on Port Phillip Bay or by a river in regional Victoria.

The Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) is leading the roll out and has released a tender for the supply of kits, with schools encouraged to register early interest.

The $1.5 million project has been made possible by the Labor Government’s $96 million package to improve fishing, boating, piers and aquaculture.

The Little Angler Kits complements several other initiatives led by the VFA to encourage youngsters to connect with nature and enjoy Victoria’s spectacular waterways. This includes the stocking of almost 10 million fish last season, more than any other state in the country.

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