Shepparton News

Improved access for Goulburn River users

- By Caitlyn Grant

The Victorian Fisheries Authority is working with Parks Victoria to improve access for anglers at key areas along the Goulburn River.

Track improvemen­ts are being made along the Goulburn River from Murchison to Shepparton to allow two-wheel drive vehicle access to tracks previously only accessible by four-wheel drives.

A spokespers­on said the tracks being upgraded led to excellent boat launching and fishing spots.

‘‘The works include repairing large potholes, wheel ruts and areas which retain water and become muddy and make tracks difficult or almost impossible for most vehicles to get through,’’ they said.

Shepparton Weir and Browns Rd, Murchison, have been completed, with work to start soon at Andersons Rd, Campbell’s Bend and Hutchinson’s Bend.

The track upgrades are set to cost $17,028, funded through the Victorian Government and recreation­al fishing licence fees.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the ‘‘greatly

improved’’ track access was part of the state’s $35 million plan to get more people out fishing.

‘‘(We’re in) the region to some of the state’s best waterways for fishing, particular­ly the

Goulburn River,’’ he said.

‘‘The Victorian Fisheries Authority has worked over the years to deliver extensive stocking of native species to increase their numbers.’’

In the past five years, more than 417,000 golden perch and 376,000 Murray cod have been stocked into the Goulburn River, downstream of Nagambie.

 ?? ?? Repairs: Track improvemen­ts are being made along the Goulburn River from Murchison to Shepparton to allow for access to those driving two-wheel-drive vehicles.
Repairs: Track improvemen­ts are being made along the Goulburn River from Murchison to Shepparton to allow for access to those driving two-wheel-drive vehicles.

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