Port Macquarie fishers will be netting the benefits of a new recreational fishing wharf and two fish cleaning tables, with the Nationals in Government announcing more than $126,000 under the Recreational Fishing Trust.

NSW Nationals Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair announced $100,000 towards a new fishing wharf to be constructed at the former Hastings River Fishermen’s Cooperative building site at Port Macquarie.

“Not only is recreational fishing around Port Macquarie a popular family-friendly activity, it also brings a significant amount of business to the region, so these improvements to the local fishing infrastructure will have far reaching benefits,” Mr Blair said. “Being located next to a shopping plaza, restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions, we anticipate this wharf will contribute immensely to the lively community precinct. Fishers with limited movement will be able to access the wharf and pedestrians will be able to walk past and watch people fishing to ensure the community gets maximum enjoyment from the facility.”

NSW Nationals Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams welcomed the funding announcement, saying it is a huge boost for the community, especially fishers who will have access to new and improved fishing cleaning facilities at North Haven and Lake Cathie.

“The North Haven fish cleaning table is around 30 years old and in poor condition. More than $16,000 will be used for its full demolition and replacement with a new six-person stainless steel table as well as a new shelter and solar lighting to increase its use outside of daylight hours,” Ms Williams said. “$10,000 will also be allocated towards a wheelchair-accessible fish cleaning table at Aqua Reserve on Aqua Crescent at Lake Cathie.”

The wharf is set to be open to fishers as early as October this year, with tenders for the project having closed in January. This project makes up part of the Port Macquarie Fisherman’s project announced in 2017.

These projects are great examples of how the Recreational Fishing Trust grants help regional communities.