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2.1 Million to Support Recreational Sea Angling

Oct 30,2006 SACN


$2.1 million to support recreational fishing

Well not in the UK unfortunately. There is still some way to go before Government here catches up with other countries who have recognised the value of Recreational Sea Angling (RSA), not only as a relatively low environmental impact activity that enhances the quality of life and feeling of wellbeing of its millions of participants, but acts as a significant generator of livelihoods and business opportunities, especially amongst coastal communities.

But for inspiration maybe you would like to see the kind of thing that is being financed elsewhere to support the development of RSA

- fourth round now open -

Recreational fishing received a major boost today with the Australian Government providing $2.1 million for 55 projects across the country under Round 3 of its $15 million Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme.

“A total of $6.6 million has been provided under the Programme for boat ramps, fishing platforms, jetties, educational programs, fishing clinics, rescue activities and much more,” the Minister said.

“And more funds will be provided in future rounds.

“Groups such as fishing organisations, community groups, clubs, and the avid and once a year angler will benefit from these grants.

“There will be flow on benefits to local and regional economies and to tourism operators, right through to the wider Australian community.”

Senator Abetz made the announcement at Fishermans Wharf in Hobart with representatives from the Tasmanian Flotilla which received $19,633 to purchase a new radar scanner, GPS, radio and compass for the rescue vehicle.

“This particular project will be of great value to Tasmania • it will provide greater scope for the Flotilla’s search and rescue functions.”

The third funding round attracted around 82 applications, with 55 being successful.
Senator Abetz said that all States and the Northern Territory would share in the $2.1 million. Some of the projects include:

• up to $42,700 to provide five repeater stations to operate on marine VHF radio. These will be located at Portland, Cape Otway, Mt Oberon, Mallacoota and Bass Hill in Victoria. The repeaters will provide uninterrupted communications for the coastline of Victoria. This will allow weather reports and warnings for all craft; reporting ability for vessels off the coast; and improved search and rescue capability with vastly improved communications.

• up to $63,500 to erect a public floating pontoon wharf and access ramp at Rollingstone Creek, 5 km from Rollingstone (north of Townsville, Queensland) for use by amateur fishers, social groups and clubs, and respite groups near the present boat ramp, to encourage recreational use of the Creek, reef and nearby Balagal Beach park facilities.

• up to $74,000 to promote better understanding amongst recreational fishers and the general public in the Northern Territory of sustainable, legal, ethical and desirable recreational fishing practices. The project funds and support from other organisations will be used to develop an intensive television advertising campaign with six to eight 30 second commercials featuring issues such as legal and ethical recreational fishing practices, not exceeding possession or size limits, taking only reasonable amounts of fish for personal consumption and handling fish intended for release to maximise their survival.

• up to $28,951 to provide a safe fishing platform and fish cleaning facilities at the new Whale World Breakwater on the southern shore of King George Sound, Albany, WA. These facilities will be available free to both recreational fishers and the general public and will be the first such facilities in the Albany region designed for disabled access.

• up to $71,167 to enable Koori Communications & Training Pty Ltd to teach Indigenous youth fishing skills through a fishing program to be held over six consecutive days, or 1 day per week for six weeks. It aims to use the positive and enjoyable hands on experience of fishing as a means of engaging Indigenous children and youth in learning about all aspects of fishing. Once completed, students have the opportunity of mentoring future students and developing their own fishing club. The project will be based in the Aboriginal Communities located in the Sydney metropolitan area, north and south coasts of NSW and far northern western NSW.

• up to $99,916 to the Emu Bay Progress Association to improve the existing boat ramp at Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The existing facilities are dangerous and have resulted in several accidents and numerous amounts of damage to vehicles and vessels over recent years.

Senator Abetz also announced today that the fourth funding round under the Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme was now open and would close on 8 December 2006.

Further information on how to apply, as well as information on the programme itself, is available at www.daff.gov.au/recfishinggrants, by emailing fishinggrants@daff.gov.au or by contacting the Secretariat on 1800 665 105.


Details of all Round 3 successful applications below.

Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme Round 3 grant recipients by State and Territory

Victoria

"Fishing for the future" - promoting responsible and sustainable fishing in Southwest Victoria

Fishcare will receive up to $31,100 to provide recreational fishing opportunities to individuals and community groups, whilst promoting sustainable fishing practices.

Activities will include holiday family fishing workshops at popular tourist locations, fishing excursions, community seminars, fish tagging and a primary schools fishing education program.

A range of educational products will be produced to promote sustainable fishing.

Provision of a fishing platform at Spring Creek, Torquay

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee will receive up to $12,000 to construct a timber deck area with seating which will be engineered to allow disabled persons access to the site.

Providing a fishing platform will help reduce the environmental impact of anglers currently using informal access points to the Creek.

Provision of a fishing platform at Painkalac Creek

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee will receive up to $6,000 to construct a purpose built fishing platform at the popular Painkalac Creek at Aireys Inlet along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.

The timber deck will allow disabled persons access to the site.

The project will reduce the environmental impact of anglers in this area.

To provide safety and security lighting to Simpson Landing, Nelson

The Nelson Reserves Committee of Management will receive up to $5,635 to provide lighting to the jetty and the adjacent car/boat trailer park situated in Nelson on the Glenelg River, Victoria.

This facility is used extensively at day and during the night when natural lighting permits and is one of the main recreational areas in Nelson for both fishing and other boating activities.

Improvements to Boat Ramps at Ludlows and Ebden Reserve at Lake Hume Wodonga

The City of Wodonga will receive up to $61,350 to provide two safe, all vehicular access entry points to Lake Hume for users of the lake at low water levels.

The funds will be used to construct the boat ramps and signage to encourage and promote safe use of these ramps.

Lake Colac Fishing Platform

The Colac Otway Shire will receive up to $17,500 to construct an accessible fishing platform at a very popular fishing location at Lake Colac in Victoria.

The platform will result in a lessening of damage to the foreshore habitat and provide a safe and accessible place to fish.

It will also provide recreational fishing opportunities for people of all abilities and will be wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly.

Repeaters to provide radio coverage for all Victorian coastal waters

The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Victorian Squadron will receive up to $42,700 to provide five repeater stations to operate on marine VHF radio.

These will be located at Portland, Cape Otway, Mt Oberon, Mallacoota and Bass Hill in Victoria.

The repeaters will provide uninterrupted communications for the coastline of Victoria.

This will allow weather reports and warnings for all craft; reporting ability for vessels off the coast; and improved search and rescue capability with vastly improved communications.

Painkalac Creek Fishing Platforms

The Surf Coast Shire Council will receive up to $38,000 to provide three fishing platforms for use by people of all ages and abilities in this popular but degraded fishing spot at Aireys Inlet in Victoria.

A resource for all recreational anglers

The Fishcare will receive up to $12,250 to redevelop the Fishcare Victoria website.

The site will encompass extensive information on responsible fishing, results of studies and monitoring activities, reporting of tag recaptures, an extensive library of downloadable materials, links, news and other recreational fishing issues.


Queensland

Rollingstone Creek Pontoon

The Fisherman's Landing Fishing and Social Club Inc will receive up to $63,500 to erect a public floating pontoon wharf and access ramp at Rollingstone Creek, 5 km from Rollingstone (north of Townsville, Queensland) for use by amateur fishers, social groups and clubs, and respite groups near the present boat ramp, to encourage recreational use of the Creek, reef and nearby Balagal Beach park facilities.

Production of Mary River cod fingerlings for enhancement of recreational fisheries

The Noosa & District Community Hatchery Association Inc will receive up to $70,000 to purchase additional lab equipment and feed for Mary River cod fingerlings at the Lake McDonald Hatchery at Cooroy, Queensland.

It will also assist with the upgrade of equipment to transport fingerlings to stocking sites and a public education program in relation to Mary River cod and freshwater recreational fishing.

Fish Cleaning Stations - Caloundra City

The Council of the City of Caloundra will receive up to $39,422 to provide six fish cleaning tables at popular sites along the Caloundra City coastline in Queensland.

All tables will have water connected and four will have shelters.

Mapping of Angler's Popular Areas (MAPA)

Sunfish Publications will receive up to $32,500 to provide approximately 100 hard copy individual local area maps of coastal land based popular accessible fishing "spots" along the east coast of Queensland.

Electronic copies and a CD of the complete set of maps will also be available to fill an information gap in and around the major population and tourist centres.

Native fish production incorporating community education and participation

The Tableland Fish Stocking Society Inc will receive up to $56,088 to expand the capacity of the existing native fish hatchery at Atherton in Queensland, by the addition of six new ponds and associated equipment.

Fingerling production of Sooty Grunter will increase from 30,000 to 100,000 annually. Educational material will also be produced.

Gently Does It Best Practices for Releasing Fish 2007

The Released Fish Survival Steering Committee will receive up to $97,645 to produce a DVD that promotes the best practices in releasing fish caught by recreational fishers in order to maximise survival and minimise stress.

The DVD will include information on the correct handling, fish friendly gear, hooks, handling large icon species, tagging fish and dealing with fish caught in deep water. 40,000 copies of the DVD will be distributed nationally through the fishing media, organisations, fishing clubs, government agencies and Fishcare volunteers.

Lake Cania Boat Ramp Extension

The Monto Shire Council will receive up to $45,416 to allow low water access for recreational fishers by extending the existing high water ramp at Lake Cania in Queensland.

The current boat access is not suitable due to the current drought.

Victor Creek Boat Ramp Pontoon

The Mackay City Council will receive up to $70,000 to provide a floating pontoon adjacent to an upgraded boat ramp facility in Victor Creek, near Seaforth, about 50 km north of Mackay, Queensland.

The pontoon will allow for easier access for recreational users to boats and reduce congestion at the ramp 'mouth'.

Northern Territory

Bromby Islet Remote VHF Radio Repeater Project

The Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club Inc will receive up to $30,015 to purchase and install a VHF radio transmission / repeater tower, solar powered recharging system, vandal proof enclosures and the extensive installation works necessary for this cyclone prone area of remote Australia.

The project will improve the VHF radio transmission and emergency monitoring service in a popular yet remote area of the East Arnhem Regional area.

No search and rescue service currently exists in this remote region, and such an improvement of communication operations will be widely welcomed from all fishers and watercraft users alike.

Improved communications will enhance the coast watch capabilities of the region as this area is known for illegal fishing operations by foreign vessels.

Melville Bay Public Boat Ramp Redevelopment Project

The Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club Inc will receive up to $97,510 for the purchase and installation of two floating pontoons, four area flood lighting towers, existing concrete ramp extension to zero tide, wash down facilities, provision of site power, waste collection point, boating safety signage and recreational fisheries signage.

This is part of the redevelopment of the existing public trailer boat launching facilities at Melville Bay opposite the Alcan Gove Alumina Refinery, in the Northern Territory.

This will ensure safe and sheltered access when launching and retrieving fisher’s recreational small craft.

AFANT - Fish Smart

The Amateur Fishermen's Association of the NT Inc will receive up to $74,000 to promote better understanding amongst recreational fishers and the general public in the Northern Territory of sustainable, legal, ethical and desirable recreational fishing practices.

The project funds and support from other organisations will be used to develop an intensive television advertising campaign with six to eight 30 second commercials featuring issues such as legal and ethical recreational fishing practices, not exceeding possession or size limits, taking only reasonable amounts of fish for personal consumption and handling fish intended for release to maximise their survival.

Tasmania

Brighton Fishing Jetty and Car Park Surrounds

The Brighton Council will receive up to $46,000 to establish a recreational fishing platform on the eastern shore of the River Derwent at Old Beach, Tasmania.

The works will provide access for disabled, older and younger fishers in a spot that is renowned for good fishing.

Dover Boat Ramp Upgrade

The Huon Valley Council will receive up to $13,500 to upgrade the existing Dover boat ramp, southern Tasmania.

The Huon Valley Council intends to address the safety concerns associated with the ramp, making it more friendly and encouraging greater usage.

A concrete overlay will be put on the existing structure and the ramp will be lengthened by five meters.

Brumbys Creek Anglers Access Project

The Anglers Alliance Tasmania Inc will receive up to $16,030 to implement the Tasmanian Sport Fishing Tourism Development and Marketing Plan Phase 1 Access Plan recommendations as they apply to Brumbys Creek.

The implementation of the plan will be a pilot project for the implementation of further access plans in Tasmania.

This project will provide improved access, information, safety, amenity, and facilities for anglers at this recognised world class fishery.

The provision of supporting brochures and maps and the availability of this information in both hard copy and via the Inland Fisheries Service website will enhance the appeal of the fishery to visitors and angling tourists.

Fit Out of the Tasmanian Flotilla 1 Primary Response Vessel

The Tasmania Flotilla will receive up to $19,633 to purchase a radar scanner, GPS, radio and compass for the rescue vessel.

The vessel will be used to provide on water assistance to vessel operators (mostly recreational fishermen) in the waters of the D’Entrecasteauz Channel, Storm Bay and the Derwent River.


Reconstruct boat ramp and development of walkway at Wynyard

The Waratah Wynyard Council will receive up to $65,032 to provide Wynyard Municipality and surrounding districts in Tasmania with a first class launching area for vessels accessing Bass Strait and the Inglis River area for recreational fishing purposes.

The project will involve construction of a double concrete boat ramp and floating pontoon at the ramp to enable access for disabled, young and elderly passengers as well as making launching and retrieval easier.

Binalong Bay - Jetty Replacement

The Break O'Day Council will receive up to $40,000 to replace the existing timber structure with a concrete jetty at Binalong Bay, near St Helens, north east Tasmania.

The current timber structure is dangerous and is exposed to the open sea and subject to large swells. The new jetty will allow users to embark and disembark in safety.


Western Australia

Fishers with Disabilities - Fishing beyond the limits

The Fishers with Disabilities Association Inc will receive up to $45,186 to involve 20 metropolitan boat fishing experiences and three regional tours, aimed at opening up opportunities for the disabled to participate in recreational fishing.

Based on the inaugural and successful South-west tour of 2003, volunteers will take the specially equipped trailer and motorised equipment to Albany, Esperance and Geraldton to run shore based fishing programs.

Programs consist of fishing education sessions, hands on fishing activities, and giveaways such as fish rulers, hats and sunscreen. Events will be followed by a social event with the inclusion of local community groups like Lions, Rotary and local angling clubs.

Installation of Life Saving Rings, Quobba Coastline, Carnarvon, Western Australia
The Carnarvon Regional Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee will receive up to $5,264 to install six life saving rings (life rings) at the major rockfishing locations along the Quobba Coastline to enhance the safety of anglers. The life rings are to be used as emergency flotation rescue aids in the event that a fisher is washed from the rocks.

There is currently only one life ring along this coastline.

The Esperance - Goldfields Family Angling Community Training School (FACTS) - Esperance, WA

The Esperance Surfcasters Fishing Club will receive up to $12,350 towards conducting one and five day family fishing clinics for youth aged between 8 and 14 years to promote fishing sustainability and environmental awareness.

The program will be conducted in coastal locations within the Esperance - Goldfields Region.

Construction of access ramp to Jetty

The Shire of Northampton will receive up to $25,200 to construct a concrete ramp, including railings and lighting, to a recreational fishing platform on the south west point of the Murchison River Foreshore at Kalbarri, Western Australia.

The project will allow access for persons wishing to fish off the jetty, including people with disabilities and senior members of the community.

Fish Cleaning Facilities at Horrocks Beach

The Shire of Northampton will receive up to $7,100 to provide fishing cleaning facilities at the popular Horrocks Beach, Western Australia, close to the boat launching area.

Construction of Fishing Facilities on Whale World Albany Breakwater, WA

Whale World Albany will receive up to $28,951 to provide a safe fishing platform and fish cleaning facilities at the new Whale World Breakwater on the southern shore of King George Sound, Albany, WA.

These facilities will be available free to both recreational fishers and the general public and will be the first such facilities in the Albany region designed for disabled access.

New South Wales

Renewal of Out-dated Equipment-Depth Sounder and 27 MgH Radio Direction Finder

The Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol - Wollongong Division will receive up to $1,390 to provide a depth sounder to add to the ability of the vessel, the James T. Lees, to more accurately and safely carry out rescues in the Illawarra waters in NSW.

Replacement Launching Ramp at Club House

The Grafton District Anglers Club will receive up to $13,800 to replace the existing launching ramp on the Clarence River at Yamba, NSW.

The existing ramp has become unsafe to use by club members and the general public.

Brunswick Heads Rescue Vessel Marine Tracking System and Radio Equipment

The Brunswick Valley & District Volunteer Rescue Organisation Incorporated will receive up to $3,128 to increase the safety and capability of the rescue boat 'Sea Rescue One' by funding the purchase and installation of a modern tracking system on the vessel.

Four marine radios will also be replaced.

Nelligen Township Boat Ramp Rehabilitation Project

The Nelligen Progress Association will receive up to $20,000 to provide for the total rehabilitation of the existing boat ramp on the township side (Canberra side) of the Clyde River, Nelligen, NSW.

The ramp will be resurfaced and extended to allow better vehicular access and better drainage for the ramp, which will in turn make it much safer both for people, boats and trailers.

Nelligen, Clyde River Boat Ramp Rehabilitation Project Thule Road Side

The Nelligen Progress Association will receive up to $20,000 for the total Rehabilitation of the existing boat ramp on the Thule Road side of the Clyde River, Nelligen, NSW.

The ramp will be resurfaced and extended to allow better vehicular access and better drainage for the ramp, which will in turn make it much safer both for people, boats and trailers.

Recreational Fishing & Boating Guide for Lake Hume

The Albury City Council will receive up to $6,000 to produce a free publication for recreational fishers on Lake Hume in the Albury Wodonga area of NSW and Victoria.

The publication will include a map, description of the parks and reserves around the lake, boating regulations, fishing regulations and licensing, safety information, general information on fish species and catch and release guidelines.

Upgrade of boat ramp facilities at Paterson

The Dungog Shire Council will receive up to $32,775 to improve the existing gravel ramp by providing a concrete ramp to allow greater use and access to the Paterson River in NSW.


RFA of NSW/Shimano Rockfishing Safety DVD Distribution

The Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW will receive up to $24,000 to disseminate the Recreational Fishing Alliance DVD on Rock Fishing Safety in non-traditional tackle outlets, such as supermarkets, across Australia.

The target group are non English speaking anglers who fish from the rocks.

The DVD will be incorporated in pre-packaged fishing tackle.

Marine Rescue Vessel Equipment and Electronic Fit-Out

The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Inc Ku-ring-gai Flotilla will receive up to $8,575 to equip their new marine rescue vessel with many small items as well as major capital items, such as electronic navigation equipment, fire pump and first aid equipment such as a stretcher.

Estuarine Artificial Reefs Project

The Concerned Anglers will receive up to $56,550 for the construction and deployment of 270 concrete 'Reef Ball' modules to six existing and new artificial reef sites in Lake Macquarie, NSW.

The project will complement the NSW Department of Primary Industries artificial reefs program, which commenced in August 2004.

Byron Bay Offshore Artificial Reefs

The Byron Bay Services Deep Sea Fishing Club will receive up to $95,000 to purchase 150 damaged and disused surplus large concrete pipes to construct three reefs offshore of Byron Bay, NSW.

The reefs will provide alternative fishing areas for recreational fishers, following the loss of many fishing areas as a result of sanctuary zoning within the new marine park.

Bermagui Radio Link

The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association will receive up to $15,100 to install an intermediate, remotely controlled, radio link on Bermagui Headland, NSW.

The link between the Headland and the Coast Guard base at Bermagui Harbour will improve radio reception and the safety arrangements for recreational fishermen, yachtsmen, and other small boat operators.

Enhancing recreational eastern king prawn fisheries in New South Wales

The University of NSW will receive up to $81,360 to release 4 million hatchery-reared prawns to enhance the recreational prawn fishery in the NSW south coast lakes of Back Lagoon and Wallagoot Lake.

Back Lagoon is a recreational fishing haven closed to all commercial fishing, and Wallagoot Lake has been subject to a continuing commercial prawning closure for 5 years.

The stocking will form part of a larger project conducted by the University of NSW, aimed at evaluating factors affecting the success of prawn stocking in NSW lagoons.

Vessel Tracking System

The Volunteer Marine Rescue Point Danger Association Inc will receive up to $4,142 to establish a system of tracking rescue vessels by GPS and dedicated radio signal around the Queensland and NSW border. Volunteer controllers will be able to direct marine searches from the control base rather than relying on direct searches by the vessels themselves.

The system should contribute to the success of marine searches by saving time, when time is important to the safe rescue of persons and vessels at risk.


The Bob Roberts Pavilion

The Delegate Progress Association will receive up to $2,653 to construct a fish measuring table and associated hand washing basin in Bill Jeffreys Park, Delegate, NSW.

Information for both locals and visiting fishers, including posters on bag limits and importance of clean waterways will also be provided.

Catch N Cook - Indigenous Youth fishing program

Koori Communications & Training Pty Ltd will receive up to $71,167 for teaching Indigenous youth fishing skills through a fishing program to be held over six consecutive days, or 1 day per week for six weeks.

It aims to use the positive and enjoyable hands on experience of fishing as a means of engaging Indigenous children and youth in learning about all aspects of fishing.

Once completed, students have the opportunity of mentoring future students and developing their own fishing club.

The project will be based in the Aboriginal Communities located in the Sydney metropolitan area, north and south coasts of NSW and far northern western NSW.

Fish Cleaning Tables

The Nambucca Shire Council will receive up to $4,400 to construct a fish table adjacent to the existing boat ramp on the Nambucca River, Macksville and a table next to the ramp on Warrell Creek, Scotts Head, NSW. The sites are popular with shore based and boating fishers.

South Australia

Upgrade of Existing Emu Bay Boat Ramp Facilities - Stage 1

The Emu Bay Progress Association will receive up to $99,916 to improve the existing boat ramp at Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

The existing facilities are dangerous and have resulted in several accidents and numerous amounts of damage to vehicles and vessels over recent years.

“Stormy Seas" Vests (as PFD) Inflatable Life Jackets

The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Flotilla 10 Port Vincent will receive up to $1,000 to provide four vests on board the rescue vessel 'Ornates Star' for a crew of 4 volunteer/members - for additional safety and for rescues.

The rescue vessel operates in the Gulf St Vincent, South Australia.


Whyalla Boat Ramp Extension

The Corporation of the City of Whyalla will receive up to $55,130 to provide an extension to the existing boat ramp facility by installing pontoons that extend around 40 metres into deeper water at low tide, making it suitable for use by larger marine vessels.

The Bluff Boat Ramp Upgrade

The City of Victor Harbor will receive up to $100,000 to upgrade the existing ramp and install three floating pontoons, each 2 metres wide and 32 metres long.

The project is part of an upgrade to the infrastructure and facilities close to the ramp on Franklin Road, Victor Harbor, South Australia.

National

Recreational fishing and safety - a scoping paper

Recfish Australia will receive up to $27,120 to ascertain a strategy to improve the safety of people whilst fishing.

The paper will provide a range of recommendations on improving safety and the communication tools needed to deliver the messages.

The scoping paper will also identify costs associated with developing these tools and products.

Recfish • Training Leaders - a national qualification pathway for recreational fishing community representatives and leaders

Recfish Australia will receive up to $94,080 to increase the capacity and broaden the base of the leaders’ and representatives’ knowledge and their understanding of the wider agenda for the long-term sustainability of recreational fishing.

The project will identify existing competencies to form a nationally endorsed qualification at a Certificate IV or higher level.


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