The call has gone out from the NSW Government for anglers to apply for $20 million in funding through Recreational Fishing Trust grants for new facilities, more fish stocking, research, and education programs.
Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall today encouraged keen fishers and community members to get their applications in to improve and promote recreational fishing in their local areas.
“Every year fishers pay their licence fees, and every single one of those dollars goes back into supporting the recreational fishing industry,” Mr Marshall said.
“Now, $20 million is ready to be reeled in through Recreational Fishing Trust grants, which would fund projects, and make a meaningful and direct difference for the fishing community.
“Every time we put out the call for applications we see terrific and unique projects, and I hope this year we see even more so that we can continue to provide fantastic fishing across the State.
“This is your licence fees at work, so if you’ve got an idea for your area then please, I urge you to get your application in and take advantage of this mammoth amount of funding available.”
Grant ideas can be discussed with NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries, and Mr Marshall said that applications would remain open until 30 October.
“These fantastic projects will bolster the recreational fishing industry, which already does so much for the state, including pumping $3.4 billion into our economy each year,” Mr Marshall said.
“Fishing is one of our State’s favourite pastimes, with more than one million anglers taking to our waterways annually, and each and every one of them has the opportunity to submit an application over the next five weeks.”
Funding guidelines and application forms for the next round of the Recreational Fishing Trusts grants are available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au and, DPI Fisheries can be contacted on (02) 4916 3835 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.