Mr HOWARD — Today 5000 rainbow trout and 5000 brown trout are being released into the Bostock Reservoir in Ballan. Since the beginning of May through to mid-July many thousands of brown trout and rainbow trout will be released into lakes right across the region. Last Wednesday I joined Fisheries Victoria and Central Highlands Water staff and volunteers at Cosgrave Reservoir in Creswick for the release of 2000 rainbow and brown trout, which were bred at Snobs Creek fish hatchery.
Fish stocking in our local waterways is a key part of the Labor government’s Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which aims to grow participation to 1 million anglers by 2020. Our government is determined that we do our bit to make sure fishing is a fun, safe and rewarding activity for Victorians of all ages. Our local lakes to receive fish stocks include Lake Victoria in Ballarat and many other sites.