Habitat Projects To Boost Fishing

Habitat Projects To Boost Fishing

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has today announced that our local community will share in over $554,000 in grants for 26 unique fish habitat projects, under the popular Habitat Action Grants Program.

“This is a wonderful boost for our local area, which will see major improvements to local creeks, riverbanks, wetlands and better access for fish, which will improve fish habitats and ultimately produce more fish,” Mrs Williams said.

“Locally $39,850 has been provided to North Coast Local Land Services for erosion control at two sites in the Hastings River and Wilson River catchments.”

Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said the program was highly competitive with 57 new applications submitted.

“These grants will assist recreational fishing groups, local councils and community groups to rehabilitate degraded fish habitat through a range of works, including revegetation of river banks, re-snagging, restoring waterflows and fencing to protect creek banks,” Mr Blair said.

“It’s not only the fish that will benefit from these works – valuable agricultural grazing land will be protected and water quality in our rivers improved, this will have flow-on benefits to local communities and tourism through improved recreational fishing opportunities.”

“Funding for these grants was provided through the Recreational Fishing Trusts, from money raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and spent on activities to improve recreational fishing in NSW,” Mrs Williams said.

“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 or by contacting my office on 65840977.

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