22 recreational fishing projects win funding through Government grants

Date posted: 03 August 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

More fish and more enjoyment for South Australian anglers are the likely outcomes of the 22 fishing projects that were allocated over $500,000 in the final round of the State Government’s Recreational Fishing Grants Programme.

The projects include:

  • $80,000 (Renmark Paringa Council) to stock 75,000 Murray cod fingerlings into the River Murray to build the population;
  • $66,302 (Barmera District War Memorial Community Centre) to create Murray cod-specific habitats to encourage breeding;
  • $49,686 (District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula) to reinstate the Coles Point staircase to the beach, which was destroyed in last September’s storms, in order to provide safe beach access for fishers;
  • $14,700 (City of Onkaparinga) to deliver a fortnightly Aboriginal Cultural fishing programme for young people, ‘come and try’ days for new young fishers and establish a 50+ women’s fishing group;
  • $12,000 (Nature Glenelg Trust) to sponsor “Hooked on Fishing clinics to teach the basic skills of casting, sustainable fishing practices and biological workshop.
  • $11,135 (District Council of Grant) toward the Donavan’s River wharf enhancement project;
  • $4925 (Kangaroo Island Council) to improve angler safety at the Bay of Shoals by creating a level surface across the top of the eastern breakwater and by installing a solar light;
  • $6,797 to Friends of the Coorong to create a safe venue for land-based fishing by modifying existing infrastructure to add accessibility, seating and a fish-cleaning station.
  • $6,510 (Cabra Dominican College) to provide recreational fishing activities to students with disabilities or learning or behavioural challenges;
  • $6000 (Star of the Sea School) to develop a “Sustainable Fishing in SA” interactive model at the Marine Discovery Centre
  • $5000 (Hardwicke Bay & District Progress Association Inc) to help fund a fishing competition and family fun day. 
The programme has in total allocated funding to 107 fishing projects worth nearly $2 million.
 
A list of successful round three projects is available on the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources website.
 
Background

The South Australian Recreational Fishing Grants Programme provides community grants of up to $100,000 to support recreational fishing in South Australia. 

The grants form part of a $3.25 million package announced at the 2014 State Election to support recreational fishing in South Australia.

The 22 new fishing projects announced in round three include five projects that have “in principle” support. These projects are pending the relevant government agency approvals. 

Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter 

Around 277,000 South Australians consider themselves recreational fishers, and these grants help to improve recreational fishing access and opportunities for them and for visitors.
 
It’s fantastic to see such enthusiasm from statewide fishing clubs, community groups and councils to benefit recreational fishing for the State, particularly in regional areas.
 
Fishing provides opportunities for people to unwind and get outdoors to connect with the State’s natural environment and marine parks, as well as generating tourism opportunities.
 
Quotes attributable to Member for Mawson Leon Bignell
 
Recreational fishing is a much-loved pastime for so many and it’s fantastic the State Government is supporting safety for fishers and sustainability of our fish stocks.
 
Kangaroo Island is one of our State’s most popular destinations – and its spectacular recreational fishing spots are a major drawcard – so this grant will be welcomed by both tourists and the local community.
 
The Bay of Shoals is a stunning spot for recreational fishing and I’m delighted solar lighting will be installed and safety will be improved at the breakwater.
 
Quotes attributable to Member for Colton Paul Caica
 
The Marine Discovery Centre and its interactive model of learning does an incredible job of connecting young people with our natural environment and teaching sustainability as students first learn to fish.
 
As a two-time Angling gold medal winner, I look forward to seeing Star of the Sea School inspiring a new generation of world-class anglers.
 
Quotes attributable to Member for Ashford Steph Key

For Cabra students living with a disability or behaviour challenges, this recreational fishing grant brings a brilliant opportunity to boost self-confidence, to gain a real sense of accomplishment and to learn some practical problem solving skills - all in a great outdoor environment. 

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