Stronger fishing clubs thanks to grant funding

The Victorian Government’s Stronger Fishing Club Grants Program aims to strengthen Victorian fishing clubs through providing funding to increase the club’s capacity to attract new members, introduce more people to fishing and upgrade their facilities.

The latest round has recently been awarded to 12 fishing clubs by the Minister for Outdoor Recreation, Steve Dimopoulos, including:

  • Omeo Angling Club: Purchase and install mobile signal booster along with point of sale system. Repair roofing and windows of clubroom.
  • Lake Purrumbete Angling Club: Purchase stainless steel barbecue for clubhouse and install split system air conditioning.
  • Black Dog Creek Fishing Club: Family fishing fun day. Lay concrete slab as part of improvements to barbecue area.
  • Bendigo & District Fly Fishers: Purchase six flyfishing outfits for tuition and fly tying equipment. Guest speakers to encourage membership and skills development for members. Website updates and training. St Johns snakebite kits. Purchase television and video camera.
  • Tatong Anglers Group: Train 10 members in first aid. Purchase fishing rods, reels, line and storage bags. Buy barbecue and gas bottle, club uniforms and gazebo.
  • Goulburn Murray Fly Fishers: First aid training for 15 members, purchase defibrillator and satellite tracking device for remote trips.
  • Meredith Angling Club: Purchase reverse cycle air conditioners, chairs, tables, lawn mower, pole pruner, line trimmer, blower, security door for clubroom, shelving, barbecue. Source club-branded sorts, sun hats and aprons.
  • Clunes Angling Club: Purchase member uniforms and laptop. Food handling course for some members. Upgrade kitchen.
  • Bairnsdale Fly Fishers: Replace solar equipment, machinery and mower shed. Upgrade club website.
  • Geelong & District Angling Club: Repair clubhouse roofing.
  • Mitta Valley Angling Club: Purchase gazebo, uniforms, cutlery sets for clubhouse, storage boxes, fold-up tables, rods and reels, tents, sleeping bags, butane combination stove.
  • Didyabringyarodalong Angling Club: New club uniforms, advertising on Ch31, in local papers and in social media to encourage membership and two laptops.

Funded by your recreational fishing licence fees, the Victorian Government’s Stronger Fishing Club Grants Program provides clubs with grants of up to $10,000 per club.

Round two of the Stronger Fishing Club Grants Program is expected to open in the second half of 2024 to fishing clubs and associations for projects like:

  • fishing tuition for multicultural groups, women, first nations people and all-abilities
  • open days at the club
  • member training and events involving the public
  • guest speaker nights
  • upgrades of club IT
  • club website development
  • clubroom improvements
  • equipment that will benefit all members

Through our 2022 Victorian State Election Policy, VRFish strongly advocated for more support for fishing clubs to ensure they can rebuild following the various impacts of Covid, continue to promote recreational fishing within the community and become stronger for generations to come.


There are more than 150 VRFish fishing club and association members across the state that would love to have you join their club!

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