Wendouree trout farm grant

GO FISH: Buninyong MP Geoff Howard, Ballarat Hatchery Vice President Bob Cartledge and volunteer Ralph Dorington
GO FISH: Buninyong MP Geoff Howard, Ballarat Hatchery Vice President Bob Cartledge and volunteer Ralph Dorington

AN almost $64,000 state government grant will allow the Ballarat Fish Hatchery to purchase and install a water cooling tower and filtration system to improve water quality and temperatures, ensuring better conditions for growing trout.

The not-for-profit hatchery, on the shores of Lake Wendouree, is mainland Australia’s oldest and was established in 1870.

It annually donates 6000 trout to stock Lake Wendouree and supplies fish to the Victorian Fisheries Authority.

The grant is being combined with $33,495 from the hatchery and $32,000 worth of in-kind work, mostly from local volunteers who manage the day to day operations of the hatchery such as feeding, grading and fish health checks.