Recre­ational fish­ing trust grants avail­able

The Free Press (Corowa) - - LOCALREALESTATE -

Do you have a great idea for im­prov­ing lo­cal fish­ing? Then now is the time to ap­ply for a grant from the NSW Recre­ational Fish­ing Trust.

Mem­ber for Albury, Greg Aplin re­cently en­cour­aged fish­ing and com­mu­nity groups to ap­ply for grants to im­prove recre­ational fish­ing in our re­gion.

“The grants are open to any­one, in­clud­ing fish­ing clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions, uni­ver­si­ties, coun­cils, com­mu­nity groups, and in­di­vid­u­als,” Mr Aplin said.

“This fund­ing has the po­ten­tial to make a real dif­fer­ence to our com­mu­nity, by sup­port­ing our lo­cal fish­ers and the busi­nesses that rely on this fun, out­door pas­time.

“Grants are avail­able for both large and small pro­jects and I en­cour­age all fish­ing and com­mu­nity groups to think about how this fund­ing could be re-in­vested back into the sport they love.”

Mr Aplin said fund­ing is pro­vided for pro­jects such as recre­ational fish­ing ed­u­ca­tion, fish­ing ac­cess and fa­cil­i­ties, im­prov­ing fish habi­tat, fish­eries re­search and much more.

“In past years, we’ve seen some won­der­ful pro­jects get off the ground thanks to this fund- ing, in­clud­ing fish­ing plat­forms, fish clean­ing fa­cil­i­ties, fish stock­ing, fish ag­gre­gat­ing de­vices, fish­ing work­shops, the Fish­care Vol­un­teer pro­gram and fish habi­tat re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion,” Mr Aplin said.

“Around $15 mil­lion is raised from the sale of recre­ational fish­ing li­cences each year, which is then re-in­vested back into pro­jects that ben­e­fit recre­ational fish­ing.

“This grants pro­gram demon­strates the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s on­go­ing sup­port for the recre­ational fish­ing in­dus­try which adds about $3.4 bil­lion to the State’s econ­omy each year, and cre­ates more than 14,000 full-time jobs.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Fri­day, Novem­ber 30 and joint ap­pli­ca­tions are en­cour­aged.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able by vis­it­ing this link: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fish­ing/ recre­ational/recre­ational-fish­ing-fee/li­cence­fees-at-work/ap­ply-for-funds.

Grants are now avail­able from the NSW Recre­ational Fish­ing Trust.

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