Recreational fishing community grants to close in a week

Date posted: 13 March 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

South Australian fishing clubs, community groups and councils have a week left to apply for grants of up to $100,000 to boost recreational fishing for the state.

The Recreational Fishing Grant Programme’s third and final round of submissions has been open for eight weeks, and will close at midnight, Monday 20 March 2017.

The community grants are available for new projects that directly benefit recreational fishing for the state, particularly in regional areas. Applications can include improving fishing habitats or delivering educational and community activities as well as sustainable fishing practices, or building minor infrastructure.

To apply for a grant visit the Marine Parks grants page.

Background

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

The State Government committed $2.25 million over three years for South Australia’s Recreational Fishing Grants Programme.

South Australian’s peak recreational fishing body RecFish SA are available to work with potential applicants to help develop project ideas and applications for round three. 

The successful round three projects will be announced in mid-2017.

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With more than 277,000 recreational fishers in South Australia, there is strong interest in the recreational fishing grants provided by the State Government.

Already, 82 projects worth around $1.5 million have received support in the first two grant rounds, leading to better recreational fishing opportunities across the state. 

The grant programme has seen improved recreational fishing experiences for budding fishers and skilled anglers alike with better access and facilities including fish cleaning stations, shelters, upgrades to boat ramps and installation of floating pontoons. 

The funding has also provided opportunities to encourage children and families to experience the health and wellbeing benefits of recreational fishing with come n’ try events. 

This final round of recreational fishing grants will build on the previous two rounds, improving recreational fishing access and opportunities for South Australians and our visitors. 

We’ve seen smaller recreational fishing clubs as well as schools showing interest in round three of the grants, with the councils embracing the increase in grants up from $50,000 in round two to $100,000 for round three.