Project grants set to help restore fisheries habitats

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, The Hon David Littleproud MP

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator the Hon Jonno Duniam

The Australian Government is investing $8 million in 28 projects across the country under the Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program to assist in restoring the health and functionality of coastal and estuarine fisheries habitats.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the program delivers on the government’s commitment to work with fishing clubs to restore marine and estuarine habitats.

“The Liberal Nationals recognise that our fishers are on the frontline when it comes to marine conservation and habitat protection, and we will continue to support them in their fisheries management efforts,” Minister Littleproud said.

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said these projects would benefit recreational fishers by improving the health and productivity of habitats that support fish stocks and fisheries.

“Australia’s waterways are some of the best in the world,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.

“It’s critical we keep our fisheries habitats healthy so we can continue to enjoy our world-class fishing into the future.

“This program will benefit Australia’s natural resource base and the broader community – especially our recreational fishers.

“We will be funding 28 projects across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australian and Tasmania.

“This funding will see Regional Land Partnership providers and recreational fishing groups partner in rolling-up their sleeves to directly improve fish habitats.

“Together, they will work on surrounding vegetation and biodiversity in marine and estuarine areas, from tropical mangrove wetlands in Queensland, to building shellfish reefs on Kangaroo Island and restoring fish habitat damaged by moorings in southern Tasmania.”

The Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program is a 2019 government election commitment to provide $8 million to restore the health and functionality of coastal and estuarine fisheries habitats.

Project title

State

Funding

Service Provider

Oyster Reef Restoration in Botany Bay

NSW

$326,716

Greater Sydney LLS

Casuarina Point Hasting River Oyster Reef restoration and erosion control

NSW

$73,325

North Coast LLS

Fish habitat in the Nambucca Valley

NSW

$300,000

North Coast LLS

Enhancing habitat for the Clyde River estuary

NSW

$313,500

South East Local Land Services

Rileys Hill Dry Dock historic site – Riparian restoration along the Richmond River

NSW

$49,977

North Coast LLS

Emigrant Creek – partners for fish habitat restoration

NSW

$174,430

North Coast LLS

Upper Tweed River Estuary Fish Habitat and Riparian Rehabilitation

NSW

$151,076

North Coast LLS

Bringing back the Bruns Stage 2 – Mullumbimby bank stabilisation and aquatic habitat project

NSW

$186,844

North Coast LLS

Protecting and enhancing high value fish habitats across central Queensland coast

QLD

$295,998

Fitzroy Basin Authority

Turning rubble into reef in the Mackay Whitsundays

QLD

$298,925

Reef Catchments

Fisheries for Fish Habitat in Central Moreton Bay and Gold Coast

QLD

$242,500

RLP Healthy Land and Water

Fishers for Fish Habitats in the Maroochy River and Northern Moreton Bay

QLD

$300,000

RLP Healthy Land and Water

Fishers for Fish Habitat in the Logan-Albert River

QLD

$300,000

Healthy Land and Water Ltd

Connecting wet tropics waterways for sustainable recreational fishing

QLD

$343,009

NQ NRM

Improving fish passage in tropical mangrove wetlands

QLD

$300,000

NQ NRM

Building native oyster shellfish reefs to improve fish habitat on Kangaroo Island

SA

$355,000

Kangaroo Island Landscape Board

Environmentally friendly moorings for fish habitat restoration of seagrasses in North West Bay, Tasmania

TAS

$300,000

Southern Regional Natural Management Association

Saltmarsh fisheries habitat restoration in Pitt Water-Orielton Lagoon, Tasmania

TAS

$330,261

Southern Regional Natural Management Association

Barwon Estuary Fish Habitat Restoration Project

VIC

$298,677

Corangamite Catchment Management Authority

Corio Bay Fish Habitat Project

VIC

$297,795

Corangamite Catchment Management Authority

Port Phillip Community Shellfish Reef Project

VIC

$299,000

Port Phillip Western Port CMA

Reel Big Fish – Western Port

VIC

$305,000

Port Phillip Western Port CMA

Snowy River Estuary Fish Habitat Restoration Program

VIC

$495,262

East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority

Corner Inlet Posidonia Partnerships: fishers protecting water quality and restoring seagrass

VIC

$400,001

West Gippsland CMA

Curdies Estuary Fish Habitat Restoration Project

VIC

$298,886

Corangamite Catchment Management Authority

Enhancing estuaries in the Portland Basin

VIC

$285,201

Glenelg Hopkins CMA

Habitat for the rivers of Warrnambool

VIC

$301,795

Glenelg Hopkins CMA

Enhancing fish habitat and the recreational fisher experience in the Swan-Canning Estuary

WA

$224,448

Perth NRM

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