Recreational fishing and boating restrictions

The
City has joined with the Barwon Coast Committee of Management and Bellarine
Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management to implement a blanket closure of the
nine boat ramps (seven ramps and two beach launches) in the municipality. Fish
cleaning facilities are also closed.

Only
commercial fishing is permitted.

The
community is required to stay home unless they are accessing food and supplies;
health care, work or education and limited daily exercise.

The
boat ramp closures and recreational fishing restrictions are in line with the
prohibited gatherings and non-essential activities directions, aimed at slowing
the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The
City encourages the community to abide by the restrictions and follow
directives to stay home as much as possible.

Victoria
Police has the authority to issue fines up to $1,652 for individuals and up to
$9,913 for businesses who don’t follow the directives.

Information
about how the City is responding to the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19)
situation can be viewed at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/covid19

Health-related
advice and resources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Barwon
Coast Committee of Management manages the coastline from Collendina through to
Blue Rocks, west of Barwon Heads.

Bellarine
Bayside Coastal Management manages the coastline from Point Richards to St
Leonards.

The
following comments are to be attributed to the City of Greater Geelong Mayor,
Steph Asher:

It’s vital the City does its best to minimise the spread of coronavirus and the closure of the boat ramp and fish cleaning tables is part of those efforts.

The
following comments are to be attributed to the City of Greater Geelong CEO, Martin
Cutter:

To
help limit the spread of coronavirus we have joined with Bellarine Bayside and
Barwon Coast committees to close our boat ramps for recreational fishing.

Everyone
must take physical distancing seriously and this means no gathering at beaches
and no recreational fishing. Again, we
ask our community to stay home. For yourself, your family and for your
community.

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