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$54,000 for recreational fishing projects in the South West.



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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

20 January 2006

$54,000 FOR RECREATIONAL FISHING PROJECTS IN THE SOUTH WEST

A new jetty at Allansford and a recreational angler based tagging project in Mortlake will receive over $54,000 under Round 1 of the Australian Government’s Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme, Member for Wannon, David Hawker, announced today.

Mr Hawker said that the funding recognised the Government’s desire to see recreational anglers provided with the facilities and services to enjoy a day on the water.

Allansford and District Angling Club Secretary, Barry Quigley, welcomed the funding, saying that the new $31,450 jetty at Allansford will provide access to better water for bank anglers.

“The current jetty is frequently flooded with water, making bank angling dangerous. There was originally a jetty in the same location that we plan to build this new one - it will provide access to better water and make it safer for bank anglers and families,” he said.

Mr Hawker said that he was pleased that the Government is helping foster a sport that is so important to our economy and lifestyle in the South West.

"Funding for these projects will help make recreational fishing even more fun and family friendly," he said.

The grants will benefit not only recreational fishermen and families but also regional communities, tourism operators and small business.

Details of the successful projects are on the web site: www.daff.gov.au/recfishinggrants

Mr Hawker said that applications for Round 2 have now opened and will 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, by email fishinggrants@daff.gov.au or by calling Mr Hawker’s office on (03) 5572 1100.

Media contact: Jane Templeton (03) 5572 1100