APPLY NOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO LOCAL FISH HABITAT
Individuals and community groups wanting to improve their local fish habitat are being encouraged to apply for a grant through the next funding round of the NSW Government’s Habitat Action Grants Program.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said large grants of up to $40,000 and small grants to kick-start a project of up to $2000 are available to fishing clubs, community groups, local councils and individuals wanting to improve fish habitat in the local area.
“With over half a million dollars available state-wide in this funding round, this is a great opportunity to improve fish habitats in our local creeks, rivers or estuaries, and encourage more fish as a result.
“This program is another excellent example of how recreational fishing fees are helping to support a productive local fishing industry.
“The NSW Government wants to ensure that quality habitats are available to ensure native fish thrive into the future.”
Since 2009, funds from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts have been invested into more than $3.6 million into the Habitat Action Grants Program which has attracted significant additional investment of around $11 million in in-kind and cash contributions, delivering substantial outcomes on-ground for native fish habitat in NSW.
Previous funded projects include:
• Removing invasive weeds and re-establishing native vegetation on our riverbanks;
• Restoring and stabilising eroded river banks;
• Re-snagging waterways; and
• Removing barriers to fish movement by opening floodgates and improving road crossings or weirs.
Applications for Habitat Action Grants open from 5 August 2016 until 30 September 2016.
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 (coastal) or (02) 6042 4213 (inland).