Good for landown­ers, fish­ers

Shepparton News - Country News - - WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE -

Six stiles are be­ing in­stalled in the Thorn­ton/Eil­don area and three near Sey­mour to pro­vide bet­ter public ac­cess to the Goul­burn River.

Goul­burn Bro­ken CMA river health of­fi­cer Sue Kosch said thanks to fund­ing through the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment’s Bet­ter Fish­ing Fa­cil­i­ties grants pro­gram, the stiles would be in­stalled close to pop­u­lar fish­ing sites.

‘‘We sought in­put from lo­cal an­glers on pop­u­lar river ac­cess spots and then ap­proached some landown­ers near those sites whose prop­er­ties back on to Crown land who didn’t have any stiles on their prop­erty,’’ Ms Kosch said.

‘‘The landown­ers were only too happy to have stiles put in as they limit the risk of stock gates be­ing left open or fences getting dam­aged when peo­ple try to get though or over them, so it’s a great out­come for all.’’

The stiles are all due to be in­stalled in time for the open­ing of the trout sea­son on Septem­ber 1.

To find out more about Goul­burn Bro­ken CMA’s river health ac­tiv­i­ties, visit the Goul­burn Bro­ken CMA stall at the Eil­don Fish­ing Festival to be held on Satur­day, Septem­ber 1 from 10 am to 4 pm at Eil­don Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Help for fish­ers . . . Nine stiles are be­ing in­stalled along sec­tions of the Goul­burn River to im­prove ac­cess for an­glers.

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