Nationals continue to support recreational fishers
Once again, the Nationals have ensured money is on the table for the recreational fishing sector, with the Habitat Action Grants now open for applications.
These popular grants allow recreational fishing groups, angling clubs, community groups and local councils to invest in fish habitats in creeks, rivers and estuaries.
Since its inception over $4 million in funds from recreational fishing fees have been directly reinvested through the Habitat Action Grants with another $500,000 available this year.
The funding allows local fishing groups to target and rectify local issues to preserve their fish stocks, through bank stabilisation, weed removal, re-establishing native vegetation cover on river banks, re-snagging waterways and restoring lost habitats.
Deputy Premier and Leader of the Nationals John Barilaro encouraged all local fishing groups to apply, as no one knows the status of our state’s discrete fish populations quite like local recreational fishers.
The Habitat Action Grant funds projects between $2,000 to $40,000 including but not limited to:
- Removal or modification of barriers to fish movement;
- Rehabilitation of riparian lands (river banks, wetlands, mangrove forests, saltmarshes);
- Re-snagging waterways with timber structure;
- Removal of exotic vegetation from waterways;
- Bank stabilisation works; and
- Reinstatement of natural flow regimes.
Applications for Habitat Action Grants opened on Monday, 31 July and close on Monday, 18 September 2017.
For more information about the program, application forms and examples of past projects visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag or contact a Department of Primary Industries Fisheries Manager on (02) 6626 1396 or 6881 1216.