New Grants Scheme For Recreational Fishing Sector

New Grants Scheme For Recreational Fishing Sector

Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles

Growing The Recreational Fishing Sector With New Grants Scheme

Victor P Taffa

Recreational fishing is a huge part of the Territory lifestyle and a cornerstone of our community. The sector contributes millions of dollars to our economy and employs hundreds of people.

To further grow and support the sector, and encourage community involvement, Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, today announced applications are open for the new $1 Million Recreational Fishing Grants Scheme.

“Territory Government is investing $50 Million in recreational fishing to create jobs and improve recreational fishing opportunities.” Minister Vowles said.

“As part of that investment we have established the new Recreational Fishing Grants Scheme.”

Scheme is open to Territory-based, not-for-profit organisations. Funding can be used for a range of projects, including educational programs, improving fishing access, installing fishing shelters and fish-cleaning tables, habitat restoration and junior fishing clinics.

“This is a two-tier scheme with eligible organisations able to apply for funding up to $15,000 for smaller projects, or up to $100,000 for major initiatives.” Minister Vowles said.

Minister Vowles said $1 Million has been set aside for the Recreational Fishing Grants Scheme, with $500,000 available in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years.

“Applications are welcome from fishing clubs, councils, traditional owners, incorporated bodies and businesses.” Minister Vowles said.

AFANT Executive Officer David Ciaravolo said the Recreational Fishing Grants Scheme is an opportunity for stakeholders to turn their ideas into reality.

“Your club might know the perfect spot for a wash-down facility, or want to run a children’s fishing clinic.” Mr. Ciaravolo said.

“Maybe your organisation is interested in fish habitat restoration, or fish tagging and research. There is plenty of scope with these grants.”

Minister Vowles said the funding will increase community participation in recreational fishing.

“We want as many Territorians as possible to get out there and enjoy the incredible fishing opportunities the Territory has to offer.” Minister Vowles said.

“Get your application in now, or keep an eye out for community projects funded by this new scheme.”

Applications close on 29 July, 2018.

Abbreviations:

AFANT           Amateur Fishermens Association of the Northern Territory