Cast a line and reel in a grant

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.

Mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley Tim McCurdy said the grants pro­gram pro­vided a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal fish­ers to ap­ply for small and large grants to im­prove recre­ational fish­ing and pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for projects.

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

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

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

The small grants pro­gram is open year-round, with a user-friendly ap­pli­ca­tion form avail­able for use by an­gling clubs and com­mu­nity groups and quick turn­around times.

Ap­pli­ca­tions in the large grants pro­gram will be ac­cepted un­til Fe­bru­ary 28 in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: ● Recre­ational fish­eries’ sus­tain­abil­ity and habi­tat im­prove­ment; ● Recre­ational fish­ing ac­cess and fa­cil­i­ties; ● Re­cre­ation fish­eries­re­lated ed­u­ca­tion, in­for­ma­tion and train­ing; and ● Recre­ational fish­eries­re­lated re­search.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the pro­gram, visit https:/ /­ation­al­fish­ing/recre­ational-fish­ing­grants-pro­gram or phone sec­re­tar­iat Richard Ro­gala on 8392 6872 or email­ing­[email protected]

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