Family-friendly platform for fishos

KEEN ANGLER: Recreational fisherman Jeremy Vanhelden tries out the new fishing platform that is proving very popular with locals.

KEEN ANGLER: Recreational fisherman Jeremy Vanhelden tries out the new fishing platform that is proving very popular with locals.

THE Shoalhaven is home to some of the best fishing spots in the state and one of those has become even more accessible thanks to funds collected from recreational fishing licence fees.

A new fishing platform, constructed from high-quality hardwood, has been built on the Shoalhaven River between Nowra and Shoalhaven Heads on the southern side of Bolong Road.

Jeremy Vanhelden is a keen angler who was anxious to try out the new platform.

“It’s really good, especially for families with little kids,” he said. 

“It does make it more accessible.” 

Mr Vanhelden tries to drop a line in whenever, and wherever, he can and said the spot where the platform is located is especially good for catching flathead and bream. 

“Fishing is a great family activity. Some of my happiest memories have been fishing with my family. 

“Anything that makes fishing more accessible is a good thing,” he said.

Construction of the platform has been carried out by Shoalhaven Council, with much of the funding coming from fees collected from the recreational fishing licence program.

In addition to the platform the project has also included the installation of large rocks to try to reduce the amount of river bank erosion in the area.

Council also has longer term plans to extend the placement of rock, eliminating the possibility of erosion encroaching on to Bolong Road.

Locally, $25,000 has previously been spent funding the Bolong Road Fishing Platform project to manage stock on riverbanks.

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