Small Grants Program “Fishing for Diversity”

Families across the Geelong region will be encouraged to take up fishing and be safer around water with a $3,300 grant to the Barwon Coast Committee of Management.

Member for South Barwon, Andrew Katos MLA said the funding would allow Barwon Coast Committee of Management to host six “fishing for diversity” events to educate new migrants about fishing regulations and being safe by the water.

Mr Katos said the event was one of 11 projects funded from the Victorian Coalition Government’s Small Grants Program, which uses recreational fishing licence revenue to improve angling opportunities across the state

“I am proud of the Coalition Government’s approach to put all money raised from recreational fishing licences directly back into grassroots fishing programs,” Mr Katos said.

“This community-led event is a great example of recreational fishing licence fees being used to attract new people to enjoy angling as a pastime.

“The Small Grants Program is open year round to fishing clubs and associations, not-for-profit organisations, schools and government agencies and incorporated bodies, for grants up to $5,000.

“On top of fishing licence revenue, the Coalition Government is investing $16.2 million over four years to boost recreational fishing opportunities by producing more fish to be released into our waters and funding fishing infrastructure.”

Applications for the annual Large Grants Program, for projects between $5,001 and $100,000, are open until 29 February 2012 for initiatives such as angler access, facilities and research.

For more information about how angling licence fees are improving recreational fishing opportunities visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing/feesatwork