Support for Victoria’s first Indigenous fishing club

GONE FISHING… Burnanga Indigenous Fishing Club president, Corey Walker is the head of the state’s first ever Indigenous fishing club, based in Shepparton. Photo: Supplied.

THE state’s first ever Indigenous fishing club is getting a helping hand to take cultural education and traditional fishing knowledge on the road so it can be shared with more Victorians when it’s safe to do so.

Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) freshwater fisheries manager, Anthony Forster said the $15,000 grant would enable the Burnanga Indigenous Fishing Club to build a customised tandem trailer.

The club, based in Shepparton, has more than 30 members and is named after Burnanga, which means cod in the traditional language of the Yorta Yorta people.

Burnanga Indigenous Fishing Club president, Corey Walker said the club will host a variety of activities such as fishing days, competitions, guided tours and community events infused with Aboriginal cultural knowledge.

“Burnanga is about strengthening connection to country and Aboriginal culture,” he said.

“By doing this we will improve mental health, decrease social isolation and educate the wider community about customary practices.”

Stocking of native fish such as Murray cod across Victoria have hit record numbers thanks to the State Government’s $35 million Target One Million plan and a commitment to increase fish stocking to 10 million fish annually by 2022.

According to the VFA, more than two million cod were stocked in Victorian waters last summer, in addition to more than two million golden perch and nearly 350,000 silver perch.