The March 19th Meeting with Anthony McGrath

The March 19th Meeting with Anthony McGrath

Anthony is a Senior Projects Officer with the Victorian Fisheries Authority. He has worked for the VFA for three years delivering access and infrastructure project all over Victoria with many for three years delivering access and infrastructure project all over Victoria with many successes.

Being a keen fly fisher himself, Anthony is passionate about all thing fly fishing, having fished in many different places around Australia and New Zealand. He was a member of the Ballarat Fly Fishers Club, VRFish , and the Council of Victorian Fly Fishing Clubs before commencing with the VFA.

Anthony gave a presentation at the Wild Trout Conference last November
on angler access to rivers and potential changes to this access – an issue very close to the heart of all trout fishers. Obviously we would love to hear more about this, and Anthony has agreed to come to our March meeting to talk about his work and how VFFA members can get involved.

He will discuss one of the key issues facing recreational fishers throughout Victoria - good quality access to lakes and rivers. For the most part, river frontage land parcels still belong to the Crown and therefore to all Victorians. Yet much of it has been licenced out over the decades, with many licence holders unsure of

their responsibilities in regard to public access. On-water boat and kayak access has always been a contentious issue for fishers and boaters. Why is it that some reservoirs are open to all types of boating use, whilst others have stringent rules around no water entry being permitted? Working with water authorities, the VFA has been able to improve access to six reservoirs, with better access to come over the next 12 months.

This will be a very pertinent and informative presentation by Anthony.

Mark it in your diary – Thursday, March 19, 8:00 pm at the Kelvin Club.