Rippleside Jetty will receive a welcome upgrade thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Morrison Government’s Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Program.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the funding aims to improving facilities for the recreational fishing, camping and boating community across Victoria.

“As we enjoy more freedom of movement with restrictions eased, the Morrison Government is getting on with the job of upgrading key boating and fishing infrastructure such as boat ramps, jetties and public bathrooms,” Senator Henderson said.

“Rippleside Jetty is an extremely popular fishing spot for local fishing and boating enthusiasts, and this upgrade will replace the jetty deck, improve structural safety, seating and access ladders for boaters and swimmers alike.

“We have a great tradition of boating and fishing across Geelong, Bellarine and the Surf Coast and new and renewed infrastructure and access will help holidaymakers and locals alike to enjoy the serenity of some of the best fishing and boating in our area,” Senator Henderson said.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Program would deliver $20 million nationally over three years.

“This program will deliver new and renewed infrastructure for our recreational fishing, camping and boating community,” Minister Littleproud said.

“This program delivers on our 2019 election commitment for more fishing opportunities for all Australians.”

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said recreational fishing, boating and camping contributes to the health and well-being of many Australians and provides significant benefits to regional areas.

“Recreational fishing is an important leisure activity that contributes economic and social benefits to the Australian community, and is the Australian way of life for all ages and for all socio-economic backgrounds,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.