Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead encourages individuals and community groups wanting to improve fish habitat in Myall Lakes to apply for a grant with more than half a million dollars available through the NSW Government’s Habitat Action Grants Program.
Mr Bromhead 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 community projects have provided fantastic results for habitat improvement in Myall Lakes, including Lower Lansdowne River Estuarine Habitat Rehabilitation and Pelican Bay Peninsula – Marine Habitat Enhancement.
“This program is another excellent example of how recreational fishing fees are helping to support the recreational fishing industry in NSW.
“Previous community projects have provided fantastic results for native fish populations in the past, so I encourage the Myall Lakes community to keep up the good work.”
Previous funded projects include:
- removing invasive weeds and re-establishing native vegetation on our riverbanks;
- opening floodgates or improving road crossings to remove barriers to fish movement;
- re-snagging waterways; and
- bank stabilisation works.
Applications for Habitat Action Grants open from 1 August 2014 until 19 September 2014.
For more information about the program, application forms and examples of past projects visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag or contact a Department of Primary Industries’ regional officer on (02) 6626 1107 or (02) 4916 3817.