Major Boosts For Fishing And Boating

In a major victory for fishers and boaters around the state, two landmark pieces of legislation have passed in the Legislative Council, the establishment of a dedicated fund for boating and make sure people can access more camping spaces.

New laws to allow camping on riverfront Crown Land have passed the Upper House, as has legislation to create the Better Boating Fund, which will re-invest every dollar of boating registration and licencing fees back into recreational boating.

The Better Boating Fund will see more investment to make sure boat ramps are maintained properly, education programs are funded, and more promotion is done to increase participation.

Each year the details of the amount collected from marine licencing and registration fees will be reported to Parliament, as will a breakdown of which recreational boating projects were funded and for how much.

Work on the Fund is already underway, with a passionate and experienced panel of boaters and industry leaders being sought for a roundtable to determine what the funding priorities are for recreational boaters.

Changes to allow for better access to Crown Land means that families, fishers and bushwalkers can camp on Crown Land river frontage.

The new rules provide a fantastic opportunity for people to responsibly enjoy more of Victoria’s beautiful waterways, with camping added to the list of permitted activities on Crown Land alongside things like picnicking, fishing and bushwalking.

The Victorian Fisheries Authority will install gates and signage to Crown land entry points to help people safely access those areas.

Rules to help regulate usage will be developed through a thorough consultation process with licence holders, farmers and communities, to protect the environment while enabling camping and fishing. Fisheries Officers will continue to strongly enforce regulations relating to litter and other inappropriate activities.