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$37,000 for recreational fishers in Wannon.



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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

2 November 2006 $37,000 FOR RECREATIONAL FISHERS IN WANNON

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, today announced almost $37,000 in Australian Government funding for recreational fishers in Western Victoria.

Mr Hawker said that projects to provide safety and security lighting to Simpson Landing at Nelson and to promote responsible and sustainable fishing throughout Western Victoria will be funded under round three of the Government’s Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme.

“I congratulate the Nelson Reserves Committee of Management who will receive over $5,000 to provide lighting to their main jetty and the adjacent car/boat trailer park in Nelson on the Glenelg River,” he said.

Another major grant recipient is Fishcare, who will receive more than $31,000 to continue promoting responsible and sustainable fishing in Western Victoria and provide recreational fishing opportunities to individuals and community groups.

“Fishcare’s activities include holiday family fishing workshops at popular tourist locations, fishing excursions, community seminars, fish tagging and a primary schools fishing education program that stretches right across the Wannon electorate, from Portland to Peterborough and almost up to Horsham. A range of educational products will also be produced to promote sustainable fishing,” Mr Hawker said.

Fishcare’s Scott Gray said they were really happy to receive this funding.

“After a hard year this funding provides a real boost and some certainty to enable us to continue with projects that promote sustainable fishing locally,” he said.

“We will now be resourced and able to explore some more educational projects that we’ve had on the boil. This money is certainly very welcome,” he said.

Mr Hawker said that almost $6.6 million has been provided under the programme for boat ramps, fishing platforms, jetties, educational programs, fishing clinics, rescue activities and other projects across Australia, and more funds will be provided in future rounds.

“Groups such as fishing organisations, community groups, clubs, and the avid and once a year angler can benefit from the grants,” Mr Hawker said.

“There are also flow on benefits to local and regional economies and to tourism operators.”

The fourth funding round of the Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme is now open until 25 January 2007.

“I urge local operators and community groups to apply for funding, and help make fishing facilities in this region the best in the country,” Mr Hawker said.

Further information on how to apply, as well as information on the programme itself, is available at www.daff.gov.au/recfishinggrants, by emailing fishinggrants@daff.gov.au or by contacting the Secretariat on 1800 665 105. - ENDS -

Media contact: Jane Templeton (02) 6277 4006