Ryan casts wide net

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

District fish­ing en­thu­si­asts are be­ing en­cour­aged to ap­ply for the 2018-19 Recre­ational Fish­ing Grants Pro­gram.

The pro­gram sees funds from the sale of recre­ational fish­ing li­cences col­lected and in­vested into projects to im­prove recre­ational fish­ing across the state.

Victorian Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan said the pro­gram was pro­vid­ing a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for local fish­ers to ap­ply for both small and large grants to im­prove recre­ational fish­ing and pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sist for projects.

‘‘Last year over $1.1 mil­lion was al­lo­cated to 16 projects across the state that will ben­e­fit recre­ational fish­ers,’’ she said.

‘‘In­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion in recre­ational fish­ing pro­vides a flow-on ef­fect for re­gional busi­nesses, in­clud­ing for those in the Euroa elec­torate.’’

The pro­gram con­sists of two parts; small grants of up to $5000 for projects to im­prove recre­ational fish­ing, and large grants for projects from $5001 to $100 000.

The small grants pro­gram is open year-round with a user-friendly ap­pli­ca­tion form with a quick turn­around cut­ting pro­cess­ing times for an­gling clubs and com­mu­nity groups to ap­ply.

Ap­pli­ca­tions in the large grants pro­gram close Fe­bru­ary 28.

For in­for­ma­tion about the Recre­ational Fish­ing Grants Pro­gram, visit: vfa.vic.gov.au/recre­ation­al­fish­ing/recre­ational-fish­ing­grants-pro­gram or phone Richard Ro­gala on 8392 6872 or email rec.fish­ing­[email protected]

Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan

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