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Weigh station to be built on Bullock Island

Friday 19 May

East Gippsland Shire Council will install a fish weighing station in Lakes Entrance in coming months.

 

The $25,000 facility will be build next to the boat ramp near the Gippsland Lakes Angling Club on Bullock Island.

 

Consultation with angling clubs and angling related businesses helped determine the design and location of the weighing station.

 

Mayor Cr Joe Rettino said the weighing station will have a number of benefits.

 

“Lakes Entrance is growing its reputation for off-shore game fishing. Having an official weighing facility will help attract more fishing events and tournaments to the Lakes Entrance area,” Cr Rettino said.

 

“Recreational fishing is only growing in popularity. With a lot of coastline in Victoria for anglers to choose from, this fish weighing station provides another incentive for anglers to visit the Lakes Entrance region and spend the associated tourist dollars.

 

“With the state government’s Target One Million plan to grow participation in recreational fishing to one million anglers by 2020, now is an opportune time for council to install this much-anticipated facility at Lakes Entrance,” Cr Rettino said.

 

It is also expected the availability of an official weighing station will eliminate the instances of fishers using other means of weighing their fish that caused risks to public safety.

 

“Council has received Coastal Management Act consent, so we can now begin construction. We are completing a lot of the works in-house to minimise costs. The weighing station should be operational by August,” Cr Rettino said.

 

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