Licence fees fund habitat projects to improve fishing spots

Fawcetts Creek, Green Pigeon. Photo: Kim Clark

Fourteen local fishing groups and land management organisations will share $315,000 funding to improve recreational fishing spots.

These are the projects being funded in the region:

Boundary Creek Restoration – $17,915 to Border Ranges Richmond Valley Landcare Network to improve fish habitat in Boundary Creek, an upper tributary of the Richmond River, by controlling invasive weeds and restoring in-stream native vegetation cover across 500m of streambank.

Fish Habitat Enhancement – Fawcett’s Creek – $24,166 to Kyogle Landcare to remove invasive weed species and use native plants to enhance fish habitat.

Fawcett’s Creek Riparian Restoration – $39,360 to Kyogle Council for a collaborative project between Kyogle Council, Landcare and private landowners to enhance fish habitat along Fawcett’s Creek by restoring 1.62ha through weed control, planting of natives and maintaining riparian fencing.

The funding also includes the Boatharbour Riparian Repair, Turning Topsy Creek Around, Bugam Waterway Restoration, Goolmar Creek, Regeneration of Coopers Creek Bank, Boomerang Creek Habitat Restoration, Uki River Carers – Tweed River Rehabilitation, Nymboida Riverbank Restoration, Coldstream River Riparian Rehabilitation, Upper Coopers Creek Riparian Weed Control, Orara River Riparian Repair, Rewilding Narlu – Restoration of Fridays Creek.

State MP Janelle Saffin said the projects have been conceived and led by local communities.

“This is about improving the region’s waterways and putting NSW Recreational Fishing Licence Fees to good use,” Ms Saffin said.

“Projects funded under the Habitat Action Grants program include everything from managing stock access to waterways and revegetating these areas with native plants, controlling weed species, to reintroducing lost woody habitat into rivers and estuaries for fish.”

The funding for these projects is part of this year’s 649,300 Habitat Action Grants program funded by the State Government’s Recreational Fishing Trusts which generate revenue through recreational fishing fees.

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