Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith is encouraging fishing and community groups to apply for NSW Recreational Fishing Trust grants to improve recreational fishing across the eastern suburbs.

This year $15 million has been allocated from the sale of recreational fishing licenses to both freshwater and saltwater projects in 2016-17.

Notley-Smith said grants are available for both large projects involving more than $10,000 of funding, and smaller projects involving less than $10,000.

“This is a great opportunity for individuals and community groups to apply for these grants which improve recreational fishing in our region,” Notley-Smith said.

 “Applications are open to anyone, including fishing clubs and organisations, universities, councils, community groups, individuals and joint applications are also encouraged.

“Some of the projects funded already include; artificial reefs, fish stocking, fishing workshops, Fishcare Volunteer programs, habitat restoration, and the installation of fish aggregating devices.

“This program is another way the NSW Government continues to reinvest this resource back into the recreational fishing sector to help ensure a bright future for NSW fishing.”

Recreational fishing adds about $3.4 billion to the State’s economy each year, and accounts for more than 14,000 full-time jobs.

Gone Fishing NSW fishing club grants of up to $2,000 are also available for groups applying to run community fishing events for Gone Fishing NSW Day on 15 October 2017.

Applications for small and large projects close on 13 March 2017.

Applications for Gone Fishing NSW fishing club grants close on 30 April 2017.

More information is available at DPI’s website 

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