Grant backs local group to improve River health

Key fish species including Murray Cod and Golden Perch will thrive thanks to a local river rehabilitation project funded by the NSW Government’s Habitat Action Grants.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has announced $11,220 for Inland Waterways Rejuvenation Association/Ozfish to rehabilitate ‘Bockhobble’ on the Macquarie River, including willow control and revegetation activities.

“Inland Waterways is a great local, grassroots organisation with a proven track record of delivering benefits for our environment,” Mr Saunders said.

“This project will see improved habitat for recreational fish species, including Murray Cod and Golden Perch, and improved water quality and biodiversity at Bockhobble and beyond.”

Habitat Action Grants are funded from the Recreational Fishing Trusts, where all funds raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee are placed. Since its inception in 2009, the Recreational Fishing Trusts have invested over $6 million into the Habitat Action Grants program.

Recreational fishing is one of out faveourite pastimes and is enjoyed by around one million NSW residents each year,” Mr Saunders said.

“Fishing is a part of our culture, and we applaud any initiative that enriches our fisheries while at the same time enhancing our environment.

“I am delighted to back the Dubbo community in its efforts to improve the Macquarie River, one of our most important natural assets.”

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