Tuesday, 3 May 2016
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall is urging recreational fishing clubs across the region to apply for grants to help run fishing activities in the region on the second annual Go Fishing day, to be held on 16 October.
“There are currently around 850,000 people who love wetting a line each year in NSW and Go Fishing Day provides another opportunity to promote fishing as an enjoyable part of our lifestyle in the Northern Tablelands,” Mr Marshall said.
“The fishing tourism sector also brings millions of dollars to our electorate each year, supporting our communities and hosting a Go Fishing Day would be a massive boost.
“Fishing clubs are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $2,000 to run fishing activities on Go Fishing Day, such as casting and fishing workshops, information sessions and so on.
“Activities to restore fish habitat on the day are also eligible, such as replanting river and creek banks.”
The inaugural NSW Fishing Day was held last December and was a huge success with thousands of people visiting six regional locations where a range of fun filled fishing activities took place, including the Ebor Trout Hatchery.
Activities will include free ‘try fishing’ sessions for beginners, adults and children (five years and older), goodie bags with lots of ‘fishy’ giveaways, casting competitions and expert advice from DPI Fisheries staff.
The 2016 Go Fishing NSW Day will also coincide with the first-ever National Fishing Day being co-ordinated by the Australian Fishing Trade Association.
For more information or to get involved, fishing clubs can fill out the application form, which is available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries