Funding on offer for clubs to hook new members
Local angling clubs can now apply for up to $2,000 to undertake projects such as open days, clubroom improvements, website development, catch-a-fish days and guest speaker nights with the aim of getting more people fishing.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said the Stronger Fishing Clubs program was open to all clubs that were operational as of 1 January this year.
“Angling is a large contributor to the economies of rural and coastal areas like Gippsland, with thousands of visitors flocking to the areas like Manns and McLoughlins Beaches, Seaspray and Welshpool to fish our lakes and beaches,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Fishing is a relatively low-cost activity that can be undertaken by the whole family, and this program aims to increase participation across the state and make small improvements to infrastructure that will make it more enjoyable for people to fish.
“I encourage local angling clubs to apply for funding under this program, which they can use for a variety of projects, including membership drives, introductory fishing days and advertising and signage.”
Mr O’Brien said applications that propose to use the grants for membership drives, introductory fishing days, open days or marketing of their club with flyers, signage and website development would be looked upon favorably.
In addition, consideration will also be given to applications for the purchase of club equipment, renovations or repairs to clubhouses and facilities.
To apply online or learn more about the program, including guidelines and conditions, visit www.vic.gov.au/strongerfishingclubs.