Cast a line and reel in a grant
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:/ /vfa.vic.gov.au/recreationalfishing/recreational-fishinggrants-program or phone secretariat Richard Rogala on 8392 6872 or email rec.fishing[email protected]