Recreational Fishing Freshwater Trust Expenditure Committee

The Fisheries Management Act 1994 was amended in December 1997 to provide for re-introduction of the recreational freshwater fishing fee. The amendment also provided for proceeds of the fee to be managed by way of dedicated trust funds, for trust funds to be spent only on additional services for freshwater anglers and for the trust to be administered in consultation with RFNSW. The fee was reintroduced on 1 July 1998 and the Recreational Fishing Freshwater Trust Expenditure Committee (RFFTEC), made up of freshwater anglers from 8 different regions from around the State (see attached map), was formed to assist the Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council (RFNSW) in setting Trust expenditure priorities, by providing expertise on regional freshwater fishing issues.

Recreational Fishing Freshwater regions

Coastal freshwater regions are east of the Great Dividing Range to the upper limits of tidal waters, and the western regions are west of the Great Dividing Range. The dividing line between the inner west and the far-west regions is east of the Newell Highway until Dubbo and then west of the Newell Highway from Dubbo south. The dividing line between Regions 7 and 8 runs just north of the Barrier highway, that is, towns on the Barrier Highway are included in Region 8.

RFFTEC members

Committee member

Qualification & fishing interests

Bruce Schumacher (Chair)

Life member of the Fishing Clubs Association (FCA), executive member of RECFISH Australia. National and international fishing experience, offshore fishing champion, recognised fishing radio presenter, fishing journalist and weekly columnist for various newspapers and magazines.

Max Graham (Region 1 - North Coast)

Experienced freshwater fisher. Fishcare Volunteer. Member of Project Big Fish. Involved in the Eastern cod recovery program.

Ron Butler (Region 2 - Central Coast)

Experienced freshwater fisher. President of the Singleton Fly Fishing Club. Member of the Council of Freshwater Anglers. Contributor to native fish restocking programs.

Ron Croker (Region 3 - South Coast)

Experienced freshwater fisher. Founding member of Southern Bass Fishing Club. Current Fishcare Volunteer and member of the Berrima and District Acclimatisation Society.

Ian Ward (Region 4 - North inner west)

Experienced freshwater fisher and native fish breeder. Secretary of Manilla Fishing Club. Manager Manilla Fish Hatchery. Involved in restocking of north western rivers and lakes.

Tom Williams (Region 5 - Central inner west)

Experienced trout fisher. Fishcare volunteer. Member of the Central Acclimatisation Society. Involved in the NSW Fisheries trout restocking program.

Debbie Lennon (Region 6 - South inner west)

Lure manufacturer. Experienced freshwater fisher. Fishing events co-ordinator.

John Erskine (Region 7 - North west).

Experienced inland recreational fisher. Member, West Darling Fishing Club.  Fishing events co-ordinator.

Kevin McKinnon (Region 8 - South west)

Member, Tocumwal Angling Club. Experienced freshwater fisher. Fishing events co-ordinator. Contributor to restocking and fish monitoring programs.

Peter Gibson (NSW recreational fishing organisation representative)

Secretary, NSW Recreational Fishing Alliance, Senior Vice President of NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers,  Member of Cooma Trout Acclimatisation Association and Member of NSW Rod Fishers’ Society.

Steve Samuels (RFNSW Advisory Council Representative)Member of the Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council, President of the Monaro Acclimatisation Society, Member of NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers and Kydra - Kybean Trout Acclimatisation Society

Peter Turnell

NSW DPI Representative.

Committee Outcomes

TitleReleasedDetails
Outcomes of Meeting 5422 Sep 2017PDF, 36.9 KB
Outcomes of Meeting 5305 Jul 2017PDF, 110.7 KB
Outcomes of Meeting 5217 Nov 2016PDF, 85.6 KB
Outcomes of Meeting 5107 Nov 2016PDF, 67.4 KB
Outcomes of Meeting 50 03 Aug 2016PDF, 100.2 KB
Outcomes of Meeting 4926 Nov 2015PDF, 104.4 KB
Outcomes of Meeting 4820 Aug 2015PDF, 71.2 KB
Outcomes of Meeting 4718 Mar 2015PDF, 333.7 KB
Outcomes of Meeting 4602 Dec 2014PDF, 69.4 KB
Outcomes of Meeting 4528 Nov 2014PDF, 73.0 KB
Outcomes of Meeting 4410 Oct 2014PDF, 107.7 KB