Native fish habitat and endangered native fish species are also getting a boost thanks to $17 million for environmental waterway works in Northern Victoria.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp today announced $7.1 million for priority infrastructure works to improve fish passage in the Gunbower and lower Loddon systems.
This project will include the installation of new fishways and irrigation channel fish screens, enabling native fish to move more freely throughout the system of over 1000 km of waterways.
The work will be managed by North Central Catchment Management Authority and involve a range of partners including Goulburn-Murray Water, Traditional Owners, land managers and recreational fishing groups.
Other projects sharing in the $17 million for environmental waterway works in Northern Victoria include:
- $2 million for Catfish Billabong
- $2.8 million for the Barmah wetlands
- $5.1 million for the Ovens River
The funding is part of a $48.4 million investment in shovel-ready water projects under the Government’s new $2.7 billion Building Works program – to getting thousands of people back to work across our state as Victoria continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp
“This funding to construct fishways and irrigation channel fish screens is a boost for many native fish species in the Gunbower and lower Loddon systems.”
“The Building Works package will create jobs across Victoria thanks to projects just like this.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville
“As well as improving native fish numbers and helping them move between waterways, this project will be a big boost for the region’s anglers.”
“The Victorian Government is creating jobs and opportunities for Victorian businesses through water Infrastructure projects and environmental works across the state.”