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Making A Difference To Local Fish Habitat

Individuals and community groups wanting to improve their local fish habitat are being encouraged to apply for a grant through the next funding round of the NSW Government’s Habitat Action Grants Program. 

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George MP said large grants of up to $40,000 and small grants to kick-start a project of up to $2000 are available to fishing clubs, community groups, local councils and individuals wanting to improve fish habitat.

“With over half a million dollars available statewide in this funding round, this is a great opportunity to improve fish habitats in our local creeks, rivers or estuaries, and encourage more fish as a result,” Mr George said.

“This program is another excellent example of how recreational fishing fees are helping to support a productive local fishery.

“The NSW Government wants to ensure that quality habitats are available to ensure native fish thrive into the future.”

Since 2009, funds from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts have been invested into more than $3.6 million into the Habitat Action Grants program which has attracted significant additional investment of around $11 million in in-kind and cash contributions, delivering substantial outcomes on-ground for native fish habitat in NSW.

Applications for Habitat Action Grants open from 5 August 2016 until 30 September 2016.

For more information about the program, application forms and examples of past projects visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag.

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