13th August 2015
HABITAT ACTION GRANTS NOW OPEN
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole is encouraging local residents and community groups in the Bathurst Electorate to apply for Habitat Action Grants to help improve fish habitat in our area. “The NSW Government has announced more than half a million dollars in funding is now available under the popular Habitat Action Grant program and this is a great opportunity for the waterways in the Bathurst Electorate,” Mr Toole said. “I would encourage residents and community groups right across the Electorate to consider applying for a grant and help improve our local fish habitat.Large grants of up to $40,000 or small grants to kick-start a project of up to $2,000 are available under the program.” Mr Toole said the grants have proven to be very popular since they commenced in 2009 and the Government has invested over $2.9 million into the Habitat Action Grants program. “Previously grants have funded a wide range of projects including removing invasive weeds and re-establishing native vegetation on riverbanks and opening floodgates or improving road crossings to remove barriers to fish movement,” Mr Toole said. Other key projects have also included restoring eroded river banks, re-snagging waterways and bank stabilisation works. The Habitat Action Grants are funded by the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust and are another example of how the sale of recreational fishing licenses is being directed into projects to benefit local recreational fishers. Applications for Habitat Action Grants open from 10 August 2015 and close 16 October 2015. For more information about the program, application forms and examples of past projects visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag.