A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make it cheaper and easier for families in Shepparton 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 angler to have a good day out on the water.

This comes on top of $7 million the Labor Government’s has already committed to a new native fish hatchery in Shepparton.

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

Hundreds of kilometres of crown land river frontages covered by grazing licenses will also be opened up for fishing and camping.

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

“Victorian boaters already pay licence and rego fees, they shouldn’t also have to pay local councils up to hundreds of dollars just to use boat ramps – so we’ll scrap these fees to make boating accessible for everyone.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Shepparton Bill Heath

“Growing fish stocking to 10 million a year will be a win for anglers and a win for local jobs in Shepparton – this announcement will keep Labor’s Shepparton Fish hatchery busy from the day it opens.”