HABITAT ACTION GRANTS NOW OPEN
Angling clubs, individuals, community groups, local councils and organisations interested in rehabilitating fish habitats in freshwater and saltwater areas throughout NSW can apply for the Habitat Action Grant.
Habitat rehabilitation projects which may be funded include:
- removal or modification of barriers to fish passage
- rehabilitation of riparian lands (river banks, wetlands, mangrove forests, saltmarsh)
- re-snagging waterways with timber structure
- removal of exotic vegetation from waterways
- bank stabilisation works
- reinstatement of natural flow regimes
Other key projects have also included restoring eroded river banks, re-snagging waterways and bank stabilisation works. The Habitat Action Grants are funded by the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust and are another example of how the sale of recreational fishing licenses is being directed into projects to benefit local recreational fishers.
Applications are now open!
Applications will close at 5 pm Friday 16 October 2015.
For further information please contact the Habitat Action Grants Administrator on fish [dot] habitat [at] dpi [dot] nsw [dot] gov [dot] au or ring (02) 6626 1107, (02) 6626 1396 or (02) 4916 3817.
Thirty one projects were funded in the 2014-2015 Habitat Action Grants. These grants totaling over $575,000 will assist recreational anglers, local Councils, environmental and community groups and private landholders to enhance and rehabilitate degraded recreational fish habitat through a range of on-ground works. Rehabilitation of fish habitat provides long-term sustainable benefits for native fish stocks and in turn provides substantial benefits for NSW recreational fishers who will enjoy more healthy productive fisheries. Improvements in fish habitat will also provide more opportunities for rural and regional communities to promote local tourism.