GRANTS FOR FISH HABITAT
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is encouraging local residents and community groups in to apply for Habitat Action Grants to help improve fish habitat in the region.
Mr Anderson said the NSW Government has announced more than half a million dollars in funding is now available under the popular Habitat Action Grant program.
“I would encourage residents and community groups to consider applying for a grant and help improve our local fish habitat.
“Large grants of up to $40,000 or small grants to kick-start a project of up to $2,000 are available under the program.”
Mr Anderson said the Government has invested over $2.9 million into the Habitat Action Grants program since 2009.
“Previous grant recipients Gunnedah Urban Landcare have improved fish habitat in the Namoi at Cushans Reserve through bank stabilisation, invasive weed control, riparian fencing and introduction of large woody habitat”.
“Projects that involve restoring eroded river banks, re-establishing native vegetation, opening floodgates or improving road crossings to remove barriers to fish movements are encouraged to apply for funding” Mr Anderson said.
The Habitat Action Grants are funded by the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust and are an example of how the sale of recreational fishing licenses is being directed into projects to benefit local recreational fishers.
Applications for Habitat Action Grants open from 10 August 2015 and close 16 October 2015.
For more information about the program, application forms and examples of past projects visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag.