Next round of Habitat Action Grants open

Applications are officially open for the next round of the Habitat Action Grants to help improve fish habitat and opportunities for recreational fishing.

Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Dugald Saunders said up to $850,000 is available for various projects, including managing stock access to waterways, revegetating native plants, reintroducing large woody habitat and bank stabilisation works.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for recreational fishers, community groups, councils, private landholders and natural resource managers, who know their local waterways better than anyone, to apply for funding to improve local fish habitats,” Mr Saunders said.

“Every year we receive truly unique applications and the best thing about these grants is they are ideas conceived and led by locals, both on the coast and inland.

“Even better is that fishos will be able to see their fishing licence fees being put to good use because this is their money being reinvested into projects in their area.”

Habitat Action Grants are funded from the Recreational Fishing Trusts, where all funds raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee are placed.

Thirty-three projects were funded under the 2021/22 round of grants with a total of $780,191 awarded to recreational fishing groups, land managers and local councils from Coffs Harbour to Goulburn.

Since 2008, the Recreational Fishing Trusts have invested more than $8 million into the Habitat Action Grants program throughout NSW.

2022/23 applications are open until 23 September 2022.

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