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Eppalock upgrade

Discussion in 'Fishing General Chat' started by kev209, Aug 11, 2018 at 11:22 AM.

  1. kev209

    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    New recreation facilities a drawcard for Lake Eppalock

    27 July 2018

    Residents and visitors of Central Victoria’s Lake Eppalock will have access to upgraded facilities following the completion of works at Kimbolton Foreshore, funded by the Andrews Labor Government.


    Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan today opened a range of new recreation facilities at the Lake, near Bendigo.


    The $400,000 project at Kimbolton Foreshore installed a new toilet block and barbecue shelter area, as well as better signage and landscaping. The project has also delivered two other smaller shelters and new pathways to connect these areas, including disabled access.


    Lake Eppalock was built in 1964 to supply water for irrigation. Today, the lake supplies irrigation, environmental, and stock and domestic water as far north as Echuca, as well as providing urban supplies to Bendigo, Heathcote and other central Victorian towns.


    Over time, the lake has become one of the most popular recreational inland waterways in Victoria and is an ideal location for water skiing, fishing, boating and swimming.


    Earlier works completed as part of this Lake Eppalock package included construction of solar lighting at the lake, upgrades to Kimbolton carpark and boat ramp, installation of pre-launch preparation zones for vessels, new recycled plastic bollards and improved signs.


    The project is a joint initiative between Goulburn-Murray Water, the Victorian Fisheries Authority and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
    The Labor Government recognises the importance of having good visitor facilities at Victorian waterways to encourage more Victorians to use them for fishing, boating, camping and walking. That’s why this year’s budget made a $3.2 million investment for a two-year Boosting Recreational Water Use Initiative.


    The Labor Government’s statewide water plan Water for Victoria acknowledges the recreational values of our water resources and the need to consider these in how we manage water.


    In addition, new legislation has been introduced to enshrine recreational water values into law for the first time across Victoria – embedding recreational values into the decision-making of water managers.


    These reforms recognise how essential waterways such as Lake Eppalock are to the health and wellbeing of communities in Victoria – attracting valuable tourism and boosting local business and jobs in the region.


    Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

    “These vital upgrades will benefit locals and help attract more visitors to this beautiful area – boosting local jobs.” “We’re investing in waterways in Central Victoria and across the state, to ensure they remain a great place to visit for all Victorians.”
     
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  2. creekboy

    creekboy Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a big suck up to the anglers, ( nothing to do with fishing, other than for votes.) Cheers, Lyall.
     
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  3. Rod Bender

    Rod Bender Well-Known Member

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    Or...it may be part of their 'Target One Million' program to get more people out fishing, especially children. If something like this gets young kids outdoors and away from computer sh!t then it is worthwhile.

    I have never fished Eppalock before. I would guess that the water level is low now but I must go and check it out when it fills to capacity...whenever that happens next! I don't mind sitting on the shore of a lake drowning worms.
    cheers
    Jim
     
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  4. kev209

    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    I agree with you 100% Jim.
    Vic Fish Kids Program
    [​IMG]We are hosting five free events in 2018 to get more children fishing, more often!

    They're fun and free, and everything is provided so youngsters can cast a line and try fishing in a safe and supportive environment.

    Come along and join Vic Fish Kids ambassador Rex Hunt, who will attend each event and inspire young and old with expert tips and entertaining tales.

    [​IMG]We'll be giving away 200 rod and reel outfits at each event to encourage beginners to stick with the hobby and try it again another time with family and friends.

    It's all part of the State Government's Target One Million plan to grow participation and get one millions anglers by 2020.

    Learn to cast, how to tie knots and what to do with a fish when you catch one.

    Free fishing tuition will be provided by volunteers from angling clubs and Fishcare.

    Date

    Location

    Time

    In conjunction with

    Saturday 1 September

    Eildon Pondage

    10am – 2pm

    Goulburn Fishing Festival

    Sunday 16 September

    Pakenham Lake

    10am - 2pm

    Standalone event

    Sunday 7 October

    Bendigo - Kennington Reservoir

    10am - 2pm

    Stand alone event

    Sunday 14 October

    Heatherton - Karkarook Lake

    10am- - 2pm

    Gone Fishing Day

    Sunday 21 October

    Ararat - Alexandra Lake

    10am – 2pm

    Stand alone event

    [​IMG][​IMG]All five waters will be stocked prior with catchable size rainbow trout from our Snobs Creek hatchery, and some fish will be released on the day too. Everyone's welcome to help!

    Clinics will commence at 10am and midday, and there'll be lots to do for the whole family including a free photo booth to immortalise that fish of a lifetime.

    Parental supervision is essential and participants should bring sturdy footwear, clothing to suit the weather, a hat and sunscreen, and a sense of fun and adventure because they're going to be wonderful days! All fishing gear and bait is provided.
     
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