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Napthine Government delivers a Better Bay Plan for Sandringham

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November 03, 2014

• A re-elected Napthine Government to deliver Better Bay Plan for Sandringham
• Recreational fishing mecca for Port Phillip Bay with $20 million over four years for buyback of commercial licences
• Napthine Government committed to protecting Sandringham’s beaches, strengthening coastal communities and boosting recreational fishing

Sandringham will benefit from a $65 million Better Bay Plan to protect and restore Port Phillip Bay, announced today by Premier Denis Napthine.

Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson said a re-elected Napthine Government will protect local beaches in the Sandringham area and will phase out commercial netting in Port Phillip Bay over ten years.

Mr Thompson said a re-elected Napthine Government will focus on preserving and rehabilitating local beaches and the Port Phillip Bay, while also building important community infrastructure to enable more people to enjoy this wonderful natural asset.

“This is a great outcome for the Sandringham area and will ensure our beaches are safe and clean for locals and visitors to enjoy,” Mr Thompson said.

Mr Thompson said Port Phillip Bay is not only a beautiful part of Victoria it is one of the greatest places in the world and this investment will enhance the Sandringham area.

“The Napthine Government’s Better Bay Plan is the only integrated strategy to keep the Bay beautiful and enhance its amenity for more people to enjoy,” Mr Thompson said.

A re-elected Napthine Government will deliver projects for Sandringham, including:

• Investment into bike paths between Mentone Life Saving Club and Mordialloc as part of a $20.5 million Port Phillip Bay bike path upgrade program; and
• $1.5 million investment into Sandringham Beach Renourishment.

“With this investment, our beaches and coastal communities will be enjoyed for generations to come,” Mr Thompson said.

Mr Thompson also welcomed the announcement that a re-elected Napthine Government would boost recreational fishing opportunities for Victorians by allocating $20 million over four years towards a buyback of commercial licences for Port Phillip Bay.

“This will significantly improve fishing opportunities for local recreational fishing as a result of greater fish numbers in the bay,” Mr Thompson said.

“The Napthine Government’s vision to turn Port Phillip Bay into a recreational fishing mecca for locals and visitors will also boost local bayside businesses.

“As a local resident of Sandringham, the Bay is where we spend time with our friends and families and must be protected for our children and grandchildren,” Mr Thompson said.

The Napthine Government’s investment in recreational fishing will provide a fair and equitable exit strategy for licence holders and the buyback would be phased over ten years to minimise the impacts to the commercial fishing industry.