Sport and Recreation Gippsland South Environment

Fishing grants now open

Anglers, fishing clubs and those interested in educating the community about sustainable fishing are encouraged to apply for funding as part of the latest Recreational Fishing Grants Program, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said today.

Mr O’Brien said the grants were a great opportunity for fishing clubs, community groups, incorporated bodies, registered companies and government and statutory bodies to develop projects that would provide benefits to public recreational fishing.

“Gippsland is a very popular fishing destination, from the likes of Loch Sport in the eastern part of the electorate to Port Franklin and Port Welshpool and Venus Bay at the western end, there is no shortage of locations to catch a good feed of fish,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We need to continue to develop our fishing infrastructure which in turn will attract both visitors and locals alike to get out and enjoy the great sport of fishing.”

Mr O’Brien said the program this year consisted of two parts:

  • Small grants of up to $5,000 for small projects to improve recreational fishing; and
  • Large grants for projects up to $100,000 are available in four categories.

“The Small grants program offers the opportunity to conduct an event to promote responsible fishing practices, improve angling skills and knowledge or increase participation in recreational fishing,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Applications for the large grants program can include projects that assist with sustainability and habitat improvements, fisheries related education, information and training, and recreational fisheries research.”

Mr O’Brien said the small grants program was open all year round with a user friendly two page application form and quick turnaround, making it easy for angling and other clubs to apply.

The large Grants program is open until 29 February 2016 and for further information or to apply online, visit www.vic.gov.au/fishinggrants.

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