Stephen Bromhead

Local fishos are being given millions of reasons to celebrate with $20 million available from the NSW Nationals in the state government and the Recreational Fishing Trust to help improve and promote recreational fishing.

NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said that the funding could be used for new facilities, more fish stocking, research, and education programs.

“Every year the NSW Government gets a fantastic array of applications to fund projects that will further the recreational fishing industry, and I have no doubt this round will be the same,” Mr Bromhead said.

“Fishers pay their licence fees and every single cent of that goes back into the sector, and this $20 million through Recreational Fishing Trust grants is just another example of that.

“So, today I am putting the call out for keen anglers to put in applications for any ideas they have which will build great new facilities, improve a fishing habitat, or put more into research and or education.”

Mr Bromhead encouraged keen fishermen and groups to apply before for the next round of funding closes on October 30.

“The grants are open to everyone in the recreational fishing industry, including clubs and organisations, community groups, and councils,” Mr Bromhead said.

“If you’ve got an idea that will support fish habitats and recreational fishing in our region then please, I urge you to get your application in.

“More than one million anglers take to our waterways annually, so it’s important we give them the tools to do what they love.”

Funding guidelines and application forms are available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au. Grant ideas can also be discussed by contacting DPI Fisheries on (02) 4916 3835 or by emailing recreational.fishingtrust@dpi.nsw.gov.au.