Shoalhaven News

Fishing grants on offer

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Member for South Coast, Shelley Hancock MP has called on people, businesses and community groups to apply for grants, through the Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund, that would maintain and protect Aboriginal cultural fishing.

Mrs Hancock said the Fund was offering $500,000 in grants and loans to support community projects on the South Coast region and across the State.

“This is a great opportunity to enhance indigenous cultural fishing initiatives in our region,” Mrs Hancock said.

“I would love to see as many local Aboriginal fishing groups apply for grants from the $500,000 of funding that will help support cultural connection."

For information on eligibility, funding categories, the assessment process and how to apply, visit the NSW Department of Primary Industries website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/AFTF.

Mrs Hancock said in previous years the fund had been used to support businesses, enhance fishing infrastructure, launch education programs and more.

“This is the fourth consecutive year the Fund has been offered, and every time we see a fantastic array of ideas and applications come forward,” Mrs Hancock said.

“Through this popular program we’ve seen the restoration of an old family oyster business, workshops on how to make traditional fishing equipment for use during cultural events, the running of a carp muster, and more.

“If you’re a keen fisho or part of a club in the South Coast region and you need ideas then give my office a call or head to the NSW DPI website.”

The Trust has been designed to provide funds for both small projects up to $5,000 and larger projects through grants and loans.

Applications are open until 19 May 2021.