The Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has announced that the Nangiloc Fishing Club has successfully applied for funding under the Victorian Government’s Angler Riparian Partnerships Program Grant.

The Chair of the CMA, Ms. Sharyon Peart, said that the Nangiloc Club had submitted an innovative application that focused on community education.

“The Club did a great job of capturing the spirit of this grant program, which is designed to create stronger links between our community and our waterways.”

“We want to encourage people to get out and make the most of our rivers for recreation and to increase their understanding about the importance of healthy waterways both for our community and for the all the plants and animals that depend on them for survival.”

In partnership with the Mallee CMA, the Nangiloc Fishing Club will use the grant to fund four projects:

·         To develop public information sessions focusing on the positive impact water for the environment can have on native fish populations and also to provide updates on the carp virus project

·         To carry out a fish survey to discover what information recreational fishers want and from there, develop action priorities for delivering on-ground works to improve the recreational fishing experience

·         To support the partial capping of the road into the Watts Bend Boat Ramp, to allow better access to the Murray River for anglers

·         To design and manufacture lures that have a sustainable fishing message ‘Catch Snap Release’ on them, to encourage anglers to release their fishing catch back into the river, after taking a photo. The message will be branded onto the sought after Oar-gee lures, in both 75mm and 100mm options, in a limited release and will be given to every angler who completes a fish survey

“The Mallee CMA congratulates the Nangiloc Fishing Club on their outstanding application and we’re looking forward to working with them to get more people fishing, more often,” Ms. Peart said.

The Angler Riparian Partnerships Program is one of the initiatives to come from the State Government’s $222 million Water for Victoria plan, in which they committed to providing $1 million over four years to improve fishing participation, as part of a broader vision to connect communities with their waterways.