NSW Nationals Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey has announced a grant from the Recreational Fishing Trust to upgrade local fishing infrastructure at Nambucca.

Mrs Pavey said more than $97,000 would be invested to construct two new accessible fishing platforms on the Nambucca Heads boardwalk and install disabled access fish cleaning tables at Gordon Park and Stuart Island.

“This grant funding will directly benefit local recreational fishers with the construction of new, more accessible facilities,” she said.

The latest round of Recreational Fishing Trust funding is now open, meaning fishing and community groups can apply for more grants to improve local recreational fishing.

“The grants are open to anyone, including fishing clubs and organisations, universities, councils, community groups, and individuals,” Mrs Pavey said.

The funding is provided for projects such as fishing platforms, fish cleaning facilities, fish stocking programs, fish aggregating devices, fishing workshops, the Fishcare Volunteer program and fish habitat works.

About $15 million is raised from the sale of recreational fishing licences each year, which is then re-invested back into projects that benefit recreational fishing.

This demonstrates the Nationals in Government’s ongoing support for recreational fishing – which adds about $3.4 billion to the State’s economy each year, and creates more than 14,000 full-time jobs.

Applications close on November 30, 2018. More information is available here.