COUNCIL NABS THE BAIT FOR FISHY FUNDING
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today announced the Peel River will undergo work to improve the fish habitat and access for recreational fishers thanks to a $12,890 grant to Tamworth Regional Council from the NSW Government’s Recreational Fishing Trusts’ Habitat Action program.
Mr Anderson said the NSW Government’s Habitat Action Grants provide a way for fishers, organisations and community members to be directly involved in improving fish habitats, in both coastal and inland fishing spots.
“The NSW Government sees great benefit in supporting local habitat projects since heathy fish stocks rely on healthy waterways,” Mr Anderson said.
“These grants will also make sure that the water quality in our local rivers will be improved as well as make the Peel River more easily accessible for recreational fishing. This will have flow-on benefits to our community and tourism.”
Mr Anderson said the funding will see a biological and chemical control program coordinated for Madeira vine along Peel River and Dungowan Creek. It will improve fish habitat and recreational fisher access for 22km from Ogunbil to Oxley Vale.
“This will further improve the natural environment along the Peel River and ties in with the great work being done by our local Landcare group to restore the river precinct.
“The Peel River is a wonderful asset to our local community which is why it is important to invest in improvements that will further enhance its appeal.”
Tamworth Regional Council Mayor Col Murray said this funding is great news for our Region.
“Madeira vine is considered one of Australia’s worst environmental weeds and has been listed as a Weed of National Significance.
“It grows with such aggression that it has spread along the Peel River from the upper reaches of Dungowan Creek to Oxley Vale covering roughly 57kms of our waterways. It has the potential to spread further into the Namoi River catchment and beyond if we are not equally aggressive in our efforts to eradicate it”.
The Recreational Fishing Trust - Habitat Action Grant Program is a great example of how anglers’ money is being invested back into recreational fishing, supporting the improvement of recreational fish populations.
A full list of successful projects can be found at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag