Nationals Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey has announced $153,000 in funding through the Recreational Fishing Trust for the installation of two fishing platforms at the Nambucca Heads V-Wall.
“This is fantastic news for the local community and I congratulate Nambucca Valley Council for receiving the funding for this project,” Ms Pavey said.
“The current works at the Nambucca Heads V-Wall are near completed, and a new raised and separate platform for recreational fishers at this very popular location is proposed to ensure safety for all users of this iconic landmark.
“In addition, a smaller grant for the Nambucca Heads U3A (University of the Third Age) of $2,340 was awarded for elderly persons to learn the basics of fishing.”
Ms Pavey said Recreational Fishing Trust grants are fishers’ licence fees being reinvested back into local projects which benefit the region.
“Each year we put out the call for applications and every year we see unique, positive projects,” Ms Pavey said.
“More than $17 million will be invested into fishing projects, including for fish aggregating devices, fish stockings, offshore artificial reefs, habitat restoration projects, as well as education programs.”
Ms Pavey also announced Bellingen Shire Council will receive a $32,000 Habitat Action Grant to improve outcomes for native fish at ‘Hyde Hill’.
The ‘Hyde Hill’ Bellinger Rehabilitation Project will stabilise riverbank erosion within the tidal reach of the Bellinger River while also involving large woody debris placement, bank reshaping, and revegetation.
Ms Pavey said the project will improve fish habitat and have a long-term impact on native fish in that waterway.