Flagship Fish Habitat Rehabilitation Grants

The “Flagship Fish Habitat Rehabilitation Grant” program (“Flagship Grants”) is an exciting funding opportunity for coastal NSW, offering up to $360,000 for individual projects that significantly enhance fish habitat, water quality and fish passage opportunities within the coastal catchments of NSW.

This innovative grant program is funded by the Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust Expenditure Committee (RFSTEC) and seeks to benefit recreational fishing opportunities by enhancing the habitats that fish need to thrive.

The program builds on the existing Habitat Action Grants and seeks to tackle much larger scale projects that require higher levels of funding assistance.

In this round projects must be finalised within a 12 month period. Each project can be funded to a maximum of $360,000, with $360,000 available across the program each year.

Expressions of Interest are now closed. f you have a  future project in mind, we strongly advise that you contact us to discuss your ideas with one of the contacts below:

The Flagship Grants will support on ground works and a range of actions including hydrological and environmental investigations, community consultation, economic assessments,  that will lead to on-ground works in the medium to long term.

Example of on-ground outcomes include:

  • rehabilitation of significant riparian lands / coastal wetlands (river banks, mangrove forests, saltmarsh), including addressing poor water quality from the disturbance of acid sulfate soils
  • removal or modification of barriers to fish passage including addressing floodgates, road-crossings and construction of fishways
  • re-snagging of waterways with timber structures
  • environmentally-sensitive bank stabilisation works, including riparian restoration where these works are identified and part of a large scale remediation program.

Projects funded through the Flagship Fish Habitat Action Grant Program are:

Applicant

Project

Summary

Funding (GST exclusive)

  Successful 2019 Grant Recipients 
Tweed Shire CouncilTweed Estuary Strategic Erosion Stabilisation and Fish Habitat RehabilitationAddressing riverbank erosion and resultant fish habitat degradation on the Tweed River by developing a strategic program of works, including developing structure designs that incorporate fish habitat values. On-ground works at one site$180,000
Mid Coast CouncilAcid Sulfate Soil Remediation Project – Coopernook SwampAcquire and remediate Coopernook Swamp as per Lower Manning River Drainage Remediation Action Plan to reduce acidic runoff, improve water quality and reinstate a natural tidal wetland.$250,000
Nambucca Valley LandcareBowraville Connections Stage 3 ‐ a strategic approach to river management and fish habitat protectionEnhancing habitat for fish around the freshwater – saltwater interface at Bowraville through onground works to protect against bed level lowering and bank erosion, activities to reduce weed cover and increase native vegetation cover.$176,000
National Parks & Wildlife ServiceYeramba Lagoon Tidal RestorationRemoval of weir barrier and restoration of tidal flows to Yeramba Lagoon to improve water quality and re-create lost inter-tidal habitat.$234,000
  Successful 2016 Grant Recipients 

Byron Shire Council

Bringing Back the Brunswick River

Addressing two large fish passage barriers on the Brunswick River, complimenting other fish passage works and providing free access to 27.4 km of waterway

$264,700

North Coast Local Land Services

Clybucca Wetlands Tidal Restoration

Collection of hydrological data; vegetation mapping; community and government engagement to inform flood and inundation models and develop an acid sulfate runoff restoration strategy under various floodgate management options

$365,400

Ozfish Unlimited, Richmond River Chapter

Tuckean Swamp Options Study

Collection of hydrological data; community and government engagement to inform hydrologic modelling and develop water quality improvement options.

$160,000

2020 Expressions of Interest are now closed.