Fishing grants supporting disadvantaged families

Date posted: 09 October 2016

Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Fishing camps for disadvantaged youths and their families have been supported by the State Government’s Recreational Fishing Grants Programme.

The volunteer group - Edmund Rice Camps – has received funding of nearly $30,000 to run fishing events for disadvantaged youths and their families as well as training for their volunteers.

Edmund Rice Camps provide holiday experiences for young people aged 8-15 from disadvantaged backgrounds who would not otherwise be able to enjoy them.

If you would like to become a volunteer or for details about Edmund Rice Camps programmes visit the Edmund Rice Camps SA website.

Background

The South Australian Recreational Fishing Grants Programme provides community grants of up to $50,000 to support recreational fishing in South Australia. 

The grant programme forms part of a $3.25 million package announced at the 2014 State Election aimed at boosting recreational fishing in South Australia. 

In addition to community events, other successful projects include infrastructure improvements such as fish cleaning stations, pontoons, lighting, shelters and beach access ramps as well as habitat enhancements and fish stocking projects across metro and regional South Australia. 

For a full list of the approved round one and two projects visit the Marine Parks website. Applications for the third round of grants programme will open early in 2017.

Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter

More than 80 projects worth around $1.5 million have received support in the first two grant rounds, leading to better recreational fishing opportunities across South Australia. 

I encourage volunteer groups, councils and fishing clubs to apply for round three funding, so we can continue and support recreational fishing opportunities for all South Australians.

Quotes attributable to Member for Colton Paul Caica

Fishing is a great way to spend time in nature and offers a range of health and well-being benefits. 

Community activities such as Edmund Rice Camps fishing days are fantastic experiences for disadvantaged youths, and their families to reel-in the benefits of learning how to fish and connect with marine environments.

Quotes attributable to Executive Officer of Edmund Rice Camps SA Andrée Brown

The grants have allowed us to introduce young people to the world of recreational fishing and the exploration of Adelaide’s natural marine environments. 

We have been able to offer fishing days to children and families who would not normally get the chance to experience the thrill of casting a line or bringing up a pot of crabs. 

Quotes attributable to RecFish SA Executive Director David Ciaravolo

Around 277,000 South Australians love getting out on the water to fish and we hope this project will help skill up and inspire the next generation of anglers.

Learning to fish is not just about baiting a hook or casting a line – it’s about appreciating the environment, having fun, relaxing and getting away from screens and into the outdoors