East Gippsland Shire Council’s work with local recreational fishing representatives and Better Boating Victoria to upgrade the popular North Arm Boat Ramp at Lakes Entrance will deliver a major boost for Lakes Entrance.
Mayor Cr Mendy Urie said the announcement of the joint project between all three tiers of government to upgrade the existing boat ramp, jetties and interim gantry, was a great result for Lakes Entrance.
“We developed a design and worked with Better Boating Victoria to identify potential co-funding sources that would allow the project to be delivered as one integrated project,” Cr Urie said.
The collaboration of all levels of government has delivered $677,000 for the project, consisting of $277,000 (Council), Better Boating Victoria ($200,000,Victorian Government) and $200,000 (Fishing and Camping Facilities Fund delivered via the Victorian Fisheries Authority, Commonwealth Government).
“We are delighted this joint project, led by Council, will see improvements to the boat ramp, replacement of the jetties on either side of the ramp and relocation of the fish gantry to the end of the new fixed jetty in time for next summer,” Cr Urie said.
Council recognised the growth market in offshore recreational fishing some years ago and moved quickly to provide a gantry for weighing gamefish to support the safety and accuracy of this new tourism market for Lakes Entrance.
“To be able to replace the temporary gantry with a structure more suited to the needs of these anglers, while also supporting the broader recreational fishers with upgraded launching facilities is a great result,” Cr Urie said.
“Recreational fishing, and the increase in tag and release practices by competition and recreational anglers, is an important string to our bow in East Gippsland. This new facility will only enhance our reputation as a place to boat and fish.”