FISH cleaning facilities at Warrnambool’s breakwater are in line for an upgrade after an $80,000 cash boost.
The city council has obtained funding through the state government’s Better Fishing Fund, but it may have to make up an $80,000 shortfall, if further grants are not successful.
The total project cost is estimated at $160,000 and includes the relocation of the facilities, sewer extensions and water connections.
Councillor Sue Cassidy said she thought most people would be happy to see work starting on the harbour precinct.
“It is part of our master plan that we have had for quite a long time,” she said.
“It sounds like new innovation. Getting it away from the ramp will make it more accessible. It’s good something is finally being done and I think most people who fish in the city will be quite happy.”
Cr Peter Hulin said there was no doubt the present fish-cleaning facilities were “quite inadequate”.
“It’s only right we have proper facilities,” he said.
Cr David Owen said it was a good start on upgrades for the area.
“It does need upgrading and it will make a big difference,” he said.
“The shortfall (if funding is not secured) will be made up. It will show we are starting work.”
Cr Tony Herbert said it was positive to see a small part of the master plan being completed.
A city council report said the fish cleaning facilities would be moved when upgraded.
“Offal and fish frames are regularly returned directly to Lady Bay, along with liquid waste, attracting a school of rays, seals and potentially other marine life attracted to nutrient, adjacent to an area promoted for swimming and horse training,” it said.
“An extensive consultation process was undertaken as part of the Warrnambool Harbour Master Plan process. The Warrnambool Offshore & Light Game Fishing Club has provided written support for the siting and concept design.”
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