Kevin Humphries

FISH HABITAT FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR FAR WEST

Thursday, 28 Feburary 2018

Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries advises that the second allocation of the Flagship Fish Habitat Grants program which offer a unique chance to instigate large-scale improvements to local fish habitats, has been announced and the communities of the Far West are encouraged to apply. The program offers applicants up to $400,000 over two years for the rehabilitation of fish habitats.

“If you think your local creek, river or estuary, needs significant help and you have an idea, then I encourage you to contact the Department of Primary Industry at https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/habitat/rehabilitating/ahr-grants-pro... or phone (02) 6626 1396 or (02) 4916 3817 to discuss your idea and application.

"Thanks to this grant program, applicants will be able to rehabilitate sites which have previously been hard to tackle due to funding requirements and/or the associated environmental investigations and assessments needed,” Kevin Humphries said.

Up to $400,000 per project is on offer and these projects can run for up to two years, with funding available to support the planning and site preparation necessary to fix important fish habitats.

Projects can include addressing wetland and riparian vegetation loss, riverbed and bank erosion, fish passage and poor water quality from the disturbance of acid sulfate soils.

Kevin Humphries said the program is funded by the Recreational Fishing Trust and is another excellent example of how recreational fishing fees are helping to support and improve fisheries in NSW.

“This is the second round of the program, which builds on the existing Habitat Action Grants program and seeks to target much larger scale projects that require higher levels of funding assistance,” Kevin Humphries said.

Since 2009, the Recreational Fishing Trust has invested over $5 million into the existing Habitat Action Grants program, which has attracted significant additional investment of nearly $13.5 million in-kind and cash contributions delivering improved fish populations in NSW through on-ground improvements in fish habitat.

Applications for 2019 Flagship Grants are open and close at 5pm, 12 April 2019.

For more information about the program, visit: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/habitat/rehabilitating/ahr-grants-pro...

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