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24 Darlot Street, Horsham, 3400
(enter via Gleed St)

Postal Address:
PO Box 479, Horsham, VIC, 3402
Phone: (03) 5382 1544
Fax: (03) 5382 6076
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Upgrades pave the way for more recreation at Big Water

Mar 30, 2019

Big Water Wimmera RiverCleanup work at Big Water
A majestic stretch of the Wimmera River near Horsham will soon be more accessible all year round.

An improved all-weather track and boat launch area will provide anglers, canoeists and walkers with easier access to this picturesque stretch of river where Freshwater Catfish, Golden Perch and Redfin reside. 

Wimmera Catchment Management Authority is working in partnership with Horsham Rural City Council and Horsham Angling Club to complete the project.

Known locally as The Big Water, the four kilometres of river frontage on the Horsham-Lubeck Road, about 12 kilometres from Horsham CBD, has limited access during dry months. The existing track also presents fire risk in summer.

Horsham Angling Club members have cleared old fences, rubbish and tin in readiness for the upgrade. Pictured from left are Phil Adams, Neil Delaney and Peter Scott.
Neil Delaney welcomes the project. “This is a great idea because this is a great fishing spot for several sought after species for anglers. It will improve the area and encourage people to come out here and fish and picnic as well,” Neil said.

Young anglers are also keen on the upgrade. “It is a good spot, if you wanted you could build a cubby and run around free. And take the canoes out here,” junior club member Trent Shiells said.

Research into the shared benefits of water for the environment reveals that the Wimmera River contributed $4.75 million to the economy last year, including $2.5 million in physical and mental health benefits. 

The Wimmera Southern Mallee Socio-Economic Value Recreational and Environmental Water study also shows that fishing is the most popular activity people enjoy along the river.

• The upgrade is jointly funded through the Victorian Government’s Angler Riparian Partnerships Program and Our Catchments Our Communities Program. Both programs support anglers and local community involvement to improve the health of priority waterways.