Grants available for fish habitat grants

INDIVIDUALS and community groups wanting to improve fish habitat in the Clarence and can apply for a grant with more than $500, 0000 available through the NSW Government's Habitat Action Grants Program, Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis, announced today.

Mr Gulaptis said fishing clubs, community groups, local councils and individuals can apply for grants of up to $40,000 to improve fish habitat in their local area.

"These important grants are dedicated to looking after fish habitat and rehabilitating natural environments that have been degraded," Mr Gulaptis said.

"They have provided fantastic results for habitat improvement in our region with funding previously provided for the following projects:

  • $36,113 to remove the redundant Shannon Brook Weir, a State Water Corporation owned asset located within the Richmond Catchment and significant barrier to migrating fish in its entirety.
  • $19,500 to remediate and prevent permanent loss of fish habitat through riparian fencing, weed management, revegetation and erosion protection works in the Clarence Estuary.
  • $20,000 to rehabilitate degraded riparian zones on multiple work sites along Whiteman Creek via 10 km weed control works.

"This program is another excellent example of how recreational fishing fees are helping to support the recreational fishing industry in NSW," Mr Gulaptis said.

Applications for Habitat Action Grants close on September 19.

For more information about the program, application forms and examples of past projects visit http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag or contact a Department of Primary Industries' regional officer on 6626 1107 or 4916 3817.



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