Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

20 May 2017

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

Guy Barnett, Liberal Member for Lyons

More infrastructure to support our trout anglers

Tasmania enjoys some of the best trout fishing in the world and is the undisputed home of trout fishing in Australia.

Minister Rockliff: ``In May every year we celebrate Tassie Trout Weekend – a great opportunity for anglers and families to visit Liawenee, in the Central Highlands, and celebrate this significant industry, which Tasmanians and tourists have enjoyed for more than 150 years.

``The Hodgman Liberal Government is also hooked on our magnificent trout fishery and is committed to delivering better infrastructure for anglers and families, boosting participation and providing better access to our beautiful lakes and rivers.’’

``We are delighted to announce today that 5 infrastructure projects which have been successful in gaining $161,700 in funding from the Community Infrastructure Fund.’’

Minister Barnett: ``These projects in Lyons include construction of unisex universal access toilets at Arthurs Lake, Penstock Lagoon and Bronte Lagoon, covered seating and barbecue facilities at Arthurs Lake and the construction of a universally accessible angling platform at Four Springs Lake.

``These new facilities have been identified in consultation with industry and angling groups and will further enhance the angling experience for locals and visitors alike and hopefully entice more families to try angling.’’

Trout Weekend 2017 attracts thousands of visitors and celebrates everything about angling from practical casting lessons, watching trout being stripped of their eggs, learning more about the fine work of the Inland Fisheries Service to catching a trout in the very popular junior anglers’ pond.

IFS staff and industry experts will be on hand to offer their advice and showcase the latest rods, lures and equipment.

Trout Weekend 2017 is a must-visit event in a must-see location and we congratulate everyone involved in organizing this year’s event.

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