Jetty extension now complete

The Clifton Springs jetty has doubled in length to 70 metres and is now ready to be enjoyed by recreational anglers thanks to a $320,000 extension funded by the State Government.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville said the longer jetty includes plenty of features that will make it easier and safer for families to wet a line including hand rails, rod holders and a light at its end.

The jetty extension improves anglers’ ability to cast into deeper water for popular table fish such as flathead, snapper, King George whiting and calamari.

The original 35-metre Clifton Springs jetty was built in 2017 following a local campaign to replace the previous wooden structure that had fallen into disrepair.

The jetty’s initial construction and recent extension have been managed by the City of Greater Geelong with substantial funding from Labor’s Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which is getting more people fishing, more often.

The longer jetty also complements the government’s commitment to end all commercial net fishing in Port Phillip Bay by 2022. 33 of 43 commercial licence holders accepted a compensation package to exit the fishery in 2016, and Corio Bay became net-free in April 2018.

As noted by Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“Doubling the length of the Clifton Springs jetty means more people can cast in a line at busy times and take home a feed of fresh fish.”

“Target One Million has delivered huge benefits for Victorian anglers in many ways, not least of which is better fishing facilities and access through projects like this jetty extension.”

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