Ramp fee relief

By Country News

Regardless of who gets elected at the Victorian election on November 24, anglers will see improvements to fishing and boating facilities, and boat ramp parking and launching fees will be abolished.

Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford joined Labor candidate for Euroa, Fionna Deppeler-Morton, at Mitchellstown boat ramp on October 31 to make the government’s announcement, which they say will make it cheaper and easier for Victorian families to get out on the water.

But if Labor is not returned to government, the Coalition has also announced that all money raised from licensing and registration fees will be used to upgrade facilities, and it will also abolish boat ramp parking fees, saving families up to $315 a year on an annual parking permit.

And in further good news for anglers, the government also announced VicRoads will offer a new range of recreational fishing-designed licence plates for cars, introduced as part of the range of custom plates.