Grants between $ 3,500 and $ 200,000 are now open for applications for new or improved boat launching ramps, fishing platforms, fish cleaning stations, camping facilities, boulders sanitary facilities and sea rescue facilities.
Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister David Basham said the recreational fishing and camping facilities program is funded by the Commonwealth government in partnership with Marshall’s Liberal government.
“This is an exciting fundraising program for local councils to upgrade, maintain or build new boating, marine rescue, fishing and camping facilities,” the Minister said. Basham.
“Marshall’s Liberal government is committed to improving recreational fishing opportunities across South Australia and this $ 1.7 million fund is another example of the support we can provide in partnership with a federal government responsible.
“This new funding will bring tangible benefits statewide, particularly in boosting tourism and providing practical value to the approximately 277,000 men, women and children of South Australia who engage in recreational fishing.
“We know that when people fish there are significant economic benefits as people often stay in regional communities, visit the local fishing tackle store and eat at local restaurants, all of which support employment.
“I expect this process to be very competitive and look forward to seeing the exciting developments and upgrades that will ensue. “
Ministerial Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing (RMACC) Chair Sharon Starick welcomed the funding program.
“This will provide great value to recreational fishermen statewide, and I encourage all boards to review the funding guidelines to identify projects and improvements for their area,” said Ms. Starick.
“I think this will provide more opportunities for recreational fishermen along the coastline and inland waterways, further enhancing our outdoor lifestyle of camping, boating and fishing.”
Applications will be open for six weeks – closing at noon on October 29, 2021. Projects are encouraged by the South Australia region and must be related to infrastructure specifically for recreational fishing, boating and camping in order to support recreational fishing opportunities.
For more information or to make a request visit: www.pir.sa.gov.au/rec-facilities-fund