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Char­lie McPhee, 3, is keen for this Sun­day's Gone Fish­ing Day in Shep­par­ton. Yes­ter­day, Agriculture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford vis­ited Vic­to­ria Park Lake to re­lease 20 of 70 golden and sil­ver perch. The free event is be­ing hosted by the Goul­burn Bro­ken Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity from 11am–3pm.

The chances of catch­ing a fish in Shep­par­ton’s Vic­to­ria Park Lake have just im­proved.

Vic­to­rian Agriculture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford paid a spe­cial visit to the lake along­side mem­bers of var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups and the Vic­to­rian Fish­eries Au­thor­ity to re­lease fish there.

Ms Pul­ford wel­comed those in at­ten­dance by invit­ing them to take part in re­leas­ing 20 sil­ver and golden perch into the wa­ter.

Vic­to­rian Fish­eries Au­thor­ity in­land fish­eries man­ager An­thony Forster said the pur­pose of the re­lease was to pro­vide chil­dren with in­creased op­por­tu­ni­ties to reel in a fish this com­ing week­end.

‘‘On Sun­day we’ve got a ter­rific event called Gone Fish­ing Day which is a na­tional pro­gram,’’ he said.

‘‘And to sup­port the kids and fam­i­lies we’re stock­ing some large sil­ver and golden perch.’’

Mr Forster said there would be an ex­tra 70 fish that would fol­low at the week­end event.

‘‘It’s about giv­ing kids the op­por­tu­nity to come down and have a chance at catch­ing fish,’’ he said.

‘‘We want to get kids out­doors, we want to get fam­i­lies more con­nected to na­ture and we think fish­ing is a great path­way for that.’’

He said with more than 20 dif­fer­ent events be­ing held around Vic­to­ria, and the weather fore­cast look­ing good, peo­ple could ex­pect a great time out fish­ing.

Gone Fish­ing Day will be held at Vic­to­ria Park Lake from 11 am to 3 pm on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 16. Par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to bring a chair and a fish­ing rod. A free sausage siz­zle will be pro­vided and a fish­ing li­cence is not re­quired.

Pic­ture: ME­GAN FISHER.

Ready to be re­leased: Vic­to­rian Agriculture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford with one of the 20 fish re­leased into Shep­par­ton's Vic­to­ria Park Lake on Thurs­day.

Pic­tures: Me­gan Fisher

Young helper: Char­lie McPhee, 3, takes part in re­leas­ing the first of 90 sil­ver and golden perch into Shep­par­ton’s Vic­to­ria Park Lake.

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