Anglers’ opportunity to apply for funding

LISMORE MP Thomas George is urging anglers and fishing organisations to apply for a share in more than $15 million funding as part of the 2016 NSW Recreational Fishing Trust projects.

"Applications are now open for innovative projects to improve recreational fishing," Mr George said.

"The NSW Government is committed to reinvesting the sale of recreational license fees back into the recreational fishing sector.

"These projects are a great opportunity for fishers, clubs and community groups to get their own fishing project afloat to enhance and improve local facilities or increase fish stocks."

A wide range of projects have been funded in recent years, including: recreational fishing education workshops, fishing platforms and cleaning tables, artificial reefs, freshwater fish stocking, prawn stocking in estuaries, fish aggregating devices and Fishcare Volunteers.

Applications for funding from the Trust made by individual anglers, fishing clubs and local councils are carefully considered to ensure benefits to recreational fishing are maximized.

The NSW Government is proud of its recreational fishing sector, which generates around $1.6 billion to the State's economy and accounts for more than 14,000 jobs.

Projects that will enhance coastline, inland rivers and dams and lakes will be considered for funding, so make sure you complete an application.

Applications for funding are open until March 21.

Contributing funding, joint applications and in-kind support or voluntary labour are also encouraged.

For more information on the grants or assistance with applications visit the website or email recreational.fishingtrust@dpi.nsw.gov.au



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