LAST CHANCE TO APPLY FOR HABITAT ACTION GRANTS
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is reminding individuals, community groups and organisations that time is running out to apply for more than half a million dollars worth of grants for projects to enhance recreational fishing throughout the Tamworth electorate.
Mr Anderson said those looking to apply for a NSW Government’s Habitat Action Grant should hurry with the applications to close at 5pm on Friday, 19 September 2014.
“Grants of up to $40,000 are available for individuals or groups interested in rehabilitating fish habitat.
“These grants are open to fishing clubs, Landcare, Rivercare and other community groups, individuals, local councils and other organisations wanting to improve habitat for recreational fish in their local area.
“Since 2011, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has facilitated the investment of about $1.7 million from the Recreational Fishing Trusts into the Habitat Action Grants program to allow local communities provide good habitat and rehabilitate degraded habitat to create more productive recreational fisheries.
“Projects that will be considered include bank stabilisation works, removal of barriers to fish passage, rehabilitation of riparian lands, resnagging waterways, weed control works and reinstatement of natural flow regimes.
“Previous community projects have provided fantastic outcomes for our native fish and are great examples of how recreational fishing fees are helping to support recreational fishing and boosting fish numbers, naturally,” Mr Anderson concluded.
The Habitat Action Grant program is funded from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts and administered by DPI.
For more information about the program, examples of past Habitat Action Grant projects and application forms visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag.