Victoria Minister for Water Peter Walsh
Devilbend Reserve Open In Time For Summer Fun
Victor P Taffa
The Devilbend Natural Features Reserve is now officially open to visitors for the first time in six years after $1.6 Million of works funded by Parks Victoria.
Water Minister Peter Walsh and Member for Hastings Neale Burgess joined park visitors, Parks Victoria rangers and anglers to officially open the reserve today.
Mr. Walsh and Mr Burgess cast a line from one of two new fishing and viewing platforms at the reserve, funded with an additional $200,000 grant by the Victorian Government through revenue from recreational fishing licenses.
“This is the first time the public has had access to this site since it was formally transferred to the Crown in 2006, after the reserve was decommissioned as a water supply facility.” Mr. Walsh said.
“As well as improving fishing access to the site, the Department of Primary Industries has stocked the old Devilbend Reservoir with brown trout and rainbow trout, boosting recreational fishing opportunities in time for the opening.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to get out in nature and enjoy this great new reserve and hopefully land a fish.”
Mr. Walsh acknowledged the many stakeholders and community groups that had contributed to the planning of the reserve, including the Devilbend Foundation, the Friends of Daangean Point, the Bunurong Land Council, VRFish, local angling clubs and the Future Fish Foundation.
“The Devilbend Foundation and its affiliated community groups have campaigned for many years to ensure the planning would protect the natural values of the reserve.” Mr. Walsh said.
Mr. Burgess said visitors could now enjoy direct access to the water’s edge with extensive walking tracks and a boardwalk.
“The area of the reserve available for park visitors to explore has increased six fold, with an additional 30 ha being opened up.” Mr. Burgess said.
Works also completed were a new park entrance gateway, asphalt entrance road, a car park, picnic and barbecue facilities and new signage.
“I would like to thank Parks Victoria contractors and staff who worked around the clock so that locals and visitors can enjoy Devilbend Natural Features Reserve this summer.” Mr. Walsh said.