Rec fishing boosted across the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges

Date posted: 10 October 2016

Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges recreational fishing spots have been boosted thanks to funding from the Recreational Fishing Grants Programme.

The South Australian Recreational Fishing Grants Programme provides community grants for up to $50K to support recreational fishing in South Australia. The programme funds great ideas to improve recreational fishing experiences, upgrade infrastructure, offer specialised training and improve sustainable fishing practices.

In 2015, 15 projects across the State’s Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges region were funded over $255K in total as part of round one of the grants programme.

The round one funding significantly supported many community fishing days to provide children and families an opportunity to experience the health and wellbeing benefits of recreational fishing.

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Program Manager, Chris Thomas said that more than 270,000 South Australians love to fish.

“The grants provide better experiences for experienced and budding anglers to escape, unwind, relax and get outdoors and connect with the State’s marine environment.

“The successful round two grant programme projects were announced in August with the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges region receiving nearly $90K of additional funding for minor infrastructure upgrades and more come n’ try fishing events.

“Applications for the third and final round of funding should open early in 2017.”

For a list of the round one and two projects visit the Marine Parks website.

The South Australian Recreational Fishing Grants Programme forms part of a $3.25 million package announced in 2014 to boost recreational fishing experiences in South Australia.