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Govt throws funds back to anglers

AFTER taking money from the hands of recreational fishers, the State government is about to give some back.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Steve Whan is inviting organisations and keen anglers with project ideas that will improve recreational fishing to apply to snag funding as part of the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust.

Mr Whan said millions of dollars from the sale of recreational fishing licenses are now available for recreational fishing groups, individual anglers, councils and other community organisations to improve recreational fishing in their local areas.

“Fishing is one of the most popular recreational activities in NSW with around one million people dropping a line in every year,” Mr Whan said.

“The money from the sale of recreational fishing licenses each year in NSW is placed into two trusts, one for saltwater and the other for freshwater.

“This is a great opportunity to get some worthwhile community fishing projects happening, which will benefit recreational fishers in NSW.”

Anyone can apply for funding from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts, including local councils, fishing clubs, individuals, organisations and universities. Joint applications are also encouraged.

Applications for funding close on Wednesday, February 16.

Funding applications must benefit recreational fishing. Contributing funding and in-kind support, such as voluntary labour, is encouraged.

For more information or assistance with applications contact Industry & Investment NSW on 6648 3917, email recreational.fishingtrust@industry.nsw.gov.au or visit the website.



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