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Local recreational fishing to receive major boost

Fishers across NSW will benefit from a $6.1 million investment from the NSW Government’s Recreational Fishing Trust.

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure said the annual grants program puts fisher’s licence fees to work by reinvesting them into projects that will benefit our local area.

“Here on the Georges River, fishing is a favourite pastime of many locals looking to enjoy our beautiful environment, so it’s fantastic to see that the NSW Government is investing in our local fishing community.” Mr Coure said.

• Georges River Council has received $250,000 for their Light Watercraft Launching Facility in Lugarno which will see the design and construction of a light watercraft launching facility for use by recreational fishers in the Lugarno area.

• Botany Bay Game Fishing Club has received $5,250 for their Botany Bay Kids Gone Fishing program which aims to provide children with basic fishing skills and the safe handling of fish, whilst promoting catch and release techniques.

“These programs are a massive win for recreational anglers right along the Georges River.

Minister for Agriculture, Dugald Saunders said 43 new projects will be delivered under the program.

“The recreational fishing sector contributes more than $3.4 billion to the NSW economy, while increasing tourism and business opportunities and accounting for more than 14,000 full-time jobs.” Minister Saunders said.

“The NSW Government is committed to supporting the industry, through these grants programs, which will provide a welcome boost through improved infrastructure.”