A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make it cheaper and easier for Ballarat families to get out on the water, with an unprecedented boost to recreational boating and fishing.

Labor will fix boat ramps, abolish all boat ramp parking and launching fees and make sure that every cent of licencing and registration fees is spent on boating safety and facilities.

Victorian families know that the costs of parking and launch fees can make a day on the bay an expensive outing, and poorly maintained facilities take the fun out of taking the boat out.

Labor will establish a Better Boating Fund to get to work immediately on urgent boat ramp upgrades across the state.

Paying to park your car and trailer at a boat ramp will be a thing of the past with Labor committing to abolish boat ramp parking fees, saving families up to $315 a year on an annual parking permit.

Building on the success of the Andrews Labor Government’s $46 million investment in the Target One Million program, Labor will invest in a massive boost to fish stocking and better planning for fishing tourism.

Under Labor, fish stocking will grow to 10 million fish per year by 2022, driving growth in fishing participation and helping every Victorian anglers to have a good day out on the water.

Labor will open up new fishing spots across the state, allowing anglers to use non-powered boat boating such as kayaks and small craft with electric motors on Tullaroop, Lauriston, Hepburn, Barkers Creek, Upper Coliban and Malmsbury reservoirs.

A new Fishing for All program will be introduced to get more people into fishing and Labor will invest a further $200,000 in the highly successful Vic Fish Kids program.

And for those who want to take their love of fishing from the ramp to the road, VicRoads will offer a new range of recreational fishing designed licence plates for cars, introduced as part of the range of custom plates

Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

“Whether you fish on the coast, our stunning bays and inlets or in pristine freshwater lakes and rivers – only Labor will deliver for recreational anglers.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate Buninyong Michaela Settle

“Labor will make it easier for Victorian families to get out on the water and catch a fish, increasing fish stocks across our favourite waterways and opening up new fishing spots across the state.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Wendouree Juliana Addison

“These changes will open up new waterways and make it easier for locals to get out on the water and enjoy a day’s fishing.”