Angler Riparian Partnerships Program

The Victorian Government has invested $1-million into the Angler Riparian Partnerships Program (ARPP) which allows fishers to partner with catchment management authorities (CMAs), landholders and local communities to deliver works to improve riparian land along waterways. The program will operate for 4-years from 2016/17 to 2019/20.

In the first two years of the ARPP, the achievements included:

  • 17 projects completed on 14 waterways across Victoria
  • Involvement from 51 angling clubs and community groups
  • Over 330 people participated in the activities
  • 21 kilometres of riparian land improved
  • 16,000 native trees and shrubs planted
  • 7 kilometres of fencing installed
  • 60 hectares of weeds controlled
  • 2 truckloads of rubbish cleaned up


Anglers understand the importance of healthy riparian land and fish habitat for our fish populations and the health of our waterways.

Riparian land is the land that runs along waterways. Healthy riparian land is vital for healthy waterways and fish as it improves water quality, buffers water temperatures, filters nutrients and sediments from catchment run-off, stabilises river banks, reduces erosion and provides shelter, shade and food for fish populations.


In 2018, VRFish partnered with Australian Trout Foundation (ATF) and the Goulburn Broken CMA to hold a tree planting day on the Steavenson River near Marysville.

There were 60 volunteers from VRFish, ATF, Taggerty Community Progress Group, Victorian Fly Fishers Association, Southern Fly Fishers, Northern Suburbs Fly Fishing Club, Latrobe Valley Fly Fishers, Corryong Fishing Club, Alpine Fly Fishers and Tatong Anglers Group. These volunteers helped to plant 650 native trees along one-kilometre of land.


In 2019, VRFish partnered with the Corangamite CMA along with local angling clubs to hold two tree planting days on the Barwon River and Curdies River. More than 5,000 trees were planted by volunteers during the two tree planting events.


Over 40 local recreational anglers braved wet and windy conditions on 13 July 2019 to help plant thousands of native trees, shrubs and grasses on the banks of the lower Barwon River near Marshall.

VRFish partnered with Corangamite CMA, the Geelong and District Angling Association, Australian National Sportfishing Association Victoria, and the Geelong Gun and Rod Association to host the angler riparian tree planting day.

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