Clifton Springs local resident John Williams has been recognised today with a plaque for his ongoing commitment to improving recreational fishing opportunities.
Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville said John’s efforts over several years culminated in the construction of the 35-metre Clifton Springs fishing jetty last year, which replaced the previous wooden structure that had fallen into disrepair.
The Andrews Labor Government contributed $250,000 to the jetty as part of its Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which has invested a record $46 million to get more people fishing, more often.
The plaque is appropriately positioned at the start of the jetty that was a direct result of John’s dedicated campaign to create more safe and accessible fishing access for children and families.
Just as John had envisaged, the jetty has proven very popular with anglers of all ages and skill levels, which is why earlier this year Labor committed to doubling its length to 70 metres using $320,000 from Target One Million.
That jetty extension includes a light at the end of the platform, hand rails and rod holders, and will be complete later this month. It will provide better access to deeper water for popular species like flathead, King George whiting, snapper and calamari.
Improving fishing facilities and angler access complements Target One Million’s flagship commitment to end commercial net fishing in nearby Corio Bay, which was achieved in April, and end all commercial net fishing throughout Port Phillip Bay by 2022.