Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today announced that Shoalhaven Riverwatch Inc has received a Habitat Action Grant to improve outcomes as part of its Shoalhaven Riverbank stabilisation program.
Mr Ward said: “Congratulations to Peter Jirgens and the team of volunteers at Shoalhaven Riverwatch Inc,” he said.
“This program will benefit our local community and our local environment. Recreational fishing is one of our favourite pastimes and is enjoyed by around one million NSW residents each year.
“These grants are awarded to community organisations who want to conduct practical, on-ground rehabilitation works that will have a long-term impact on native fish stocks.
“Fishing is a part of our culture, and we applaud any initiative that enriches our fisheries while at the same time enhancing our environment,” Mr Ward said.
“Habitat Action Grants are funded from the Recreational Fishing Trusts, where all funds raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee are placed.
“Since its inception in 2009, the Recreational Fishing Trusts have invested over $6 million into the Habitat Action Grants program.
“Projects funded under the Habitat Action Grants program include everything from managing stock access to waterways and revegetating these areas with native plants, to reintroducing lost woody habitat into rivers and estuaries for fish.
“There will also be projects that implement erosion control activities to improve water quality in our rivers, streams and wetlands, resulting in improved conditions for popular recreational species,” Mr Ward concluded.