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.
If 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:
Projects funded through the Flagship Fish Habitat Action Grant Program are:
Funding (GST exclusive)
|Successful 2020 Grant Recipients|
|North Coast Local Land Services||Freshwater wetland remediation (Management Option 2) at Clybucca Wetlands|
Implement Management Option 2 of Clybucca Wetlands Management Options Study: Model Results (WRL 2020) funded as part of Round 2 Flagship program.
Reduce acidic discharge into the Macleay River by installing new infrastructure to raise the groundwater table over affected wetlands.
|Successful 2019 Grant Recipients|
|Tweed Shire Council||Tweed Estuary Strategic Erosion Stabilisation and Fish Habitat Rehabilitation||Addressing 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 Council||Acid Sulfate Soil Remediation Project – Coopernook Swamp||Acquire 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 Landcare||Bowraville Connections Stage 3 ‐ a strategic approach to river management and fish habitat protection||Enhancing 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 Service||Yeramba Lagoon Tidal Restoration||Removal 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
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
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.