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More than $112,000 for local recreational fishing projects.



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Paul NEVILLE MP paulneville.com.au More than $112,000 for Local Recreational Fishing Projects Friday, 20 January 2006 Two local organisations will receive more than $112,000 funding under the first round of the Australian Government’s Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme. Local Member Paul Neville said the Monduran Anglers and Stocking Association had been allocated $68,375, while the Bundaberg and District Artificial Reef Association would receive a $44,000 grant under the programme. “This first round of funding totals $2.6 million, which will be shared between 71 projects throughout the nation,” Mr Neville said. “The Monduran Anglers and Stocking Association will use its funding to develop its Community Viewing and Purging Tanks project at Lake Monduran, while the Artificial Reef Association’s grant will be spent deploying new concrete fish habitat material on its reef area off the Bundaberg coastline,” he said. “This funding will build on the quality of local recreational fishing experiences and will provide recreational anglers with more facilities to enjoy a day on the water.” “Recreational fishing creates tourism and employment throughout Australia, particularly in regional areas like Bundaberg, and it is important that we help foster a sport that’s so important to our economy and lifestyle.” “More than 3.6 million people in Australia went fishing at least once a year, and 24 per cent of Australian households contain at least one recreational angler.” "Funding for these projects will help make recreational fishing even more fun and family friendly." Details of the 71 successful projects are on the web site: www.daff.gov.au/recfishinggrants Mr Neville also announced that applications for Round 2 had opened and would close on 17 March 2006. Further information on Round 2 of the Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme is available at www.daff.gov.au/recfishinggrants or by email fishinggrants@daff.gov.au