Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 6 April 2022

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End of the line for net fishing

Cheltenham man killed in crash

NET fishing is now banned in Port Phillip Bay. In 2014, the state government announced that it would phase out commercial netting in Port Phillip Bay by 2022. The ban came into effect last week. The Victorian Fisheries Authority website states that 35 of the original 43 net fishers at Port Phillip Bay have left, with eight commercial operators now remaining. Those staying will be directed to not use nets. The state government has spent $27 million in taxpayer funding on converting the Port Phillip Pay commercial fishing industry to a hook and line snapper fishery. It hopes that fishers will now have access to another 600 tonnes of fish per year after the change. Fishing and boating minister Melissa Horne said “ending commercial netting in Port Phillip was a promise we made when we were elected eight years ago, and it’s a promise we’ve kept, signalling a bright future for fishing in Victoria.” “We have listened to recreational fishers who were seeing fewer fish in Port Phillip Bay as a result of commercial trawling and have worked to maintain the right balance between what that sector wants, while still ensuring a robust alternative supply of fresh seafood for Victorians,” she said. “We know how important Port Phillip Bay is to recreational fishers which is why we are also investing in better facilities like fish cleaning tables, boat ramps and trailer parking.” The state government says it will work with Jobs Victoria to support workers affected by the change.

A MAN from Cheltenham was among five people killed in a helicopter crash last week. The helicopter departed Moorabbin Airport on the morning of 31 March. It stopped in Melbourne to pick up passengers before setting off for Ulupna in northern Victoria. The vehicle never made it to its destination. The Police Air Wing found the helicopter wreckage around Blair’s Hut, Mount Disappointment, a little before midday. All five occupants of the helicopter died. They were a a 32-year-old man from Cheltenham, a 50-year-old woman from Inverloch, a 73-year-old man from Albert Park, a 59-year-old man from New South Wales, and a 70-year-old man from New South Wales. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is looking into the cause of the crash.

PARC program starting soon PENINSULA Aquatic Recreation Centre is getting ready for its school holiday program. This year’s program includes the aquatic playground and green water slide. Other activities including face painting, balloon twisting, and a visit from the Easter Bunny are also scheduled. PARC’s holiday program runs from 11 April to 22 April. For more information visit

STEVEN Relf and Ben Scullin from VRFish, Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny, fishing and boating minister Melissa Horne, David Kramer from Future Fish Foundation, and Mordialloc MP Tim Richardson (L to R) at Patterson River. Picture: Supplied

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Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News

6 April 2022