Sheed urges state to consider Tatura for fish facility
State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed has urged the Victorian Government to consider a site in Tatura for a new fish hatchery.
Mr Sheed has written to Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford, proposing the Tatura Research Centre as an ideal site for a fish hatchery, in line with an opportunity highlighted in a fishery management plan.
In correspondence with Ms Pulford, Ms Sheed noted a draft plan had reported an Eildon fish hatchery was running at capacity and that partnerships were being sought to boost threatened species for the state’s freshwater waterways.
‘‘I would like to propose the Tatura Research Cen- tre at Ferguson Rd, Tatura, as an ideal site for this expansion,’’ Ms Sheed wrote.
The mooted centre is ‘‘critically’’ located within the southern Murray-Darling Basin and close to the state’s ‘‘largest and most important waterway’’, the Goulburn River, itself a popular inland re- creational fishery, she wrote.
Ms Sheed highlighted the research centre building had land available for pond development, laboratories and office space, much of it ‘‘underutilised’’.
‘‘The development of such a facility in the Shepparton district would also provide important employment opportunities, especially for the region’s large indigenous population, addressing a range of government priorities,’’ the letter reads.
Ms Sheed sought the minister’s advice on how the project could progress.
The Draft Freshwater Fisheries Management Plan aims to build better recreational fisheries by bringing together fish, water and land management.
Objectives include improving fish habitat to naturally boost populations, accelerate recovery of threatened species and expand breeding and stocking programs of native fish.