Fishing access and facilities

fish cleaning shelter Coffs Harbour
fishing platform Dunbogan






Eucumbene River – Vehicle management to prevent damage to lake bed

To improve vehicle access to the Eucumbene River at the Denison campground area. The project will construct a car park, install a gate and bollards and erect advisory signage to prevent vehicles from entering and damaging the lake bed, while still maintaining access for recreational fishers.

Snowy Hydro Pty Ltd




New high capacity fish cleaning station Port Kembla boat ramp

As part of the NSW Boating Now program, Transport for NSW and RMS have committed $500,000 towards improving the boating experience at the Port Kembla Boat Ramp. This funding will deliver a significant upgrade to the car and trailer parking as well as a new pontoon to improve the safety and accessibility at the site. RMS is requesting funding for a high capacity fish cleaning station to compliment the upgraded facilities.

Roads and Maritime Services




Disabled Access Recreational Fishing Platform on Ironbark Creek at HWCA Shortland – Small Grant

Provide a quality fishing experience on a tidal creek at the Hunter Wetlands Centre for manual and powered wheel chairs, mobility scooters and walking frames. A single purpose fishing platform 4m X 7m will provide access.

Hunter Wetlands Centre




Glenriddle Reserve Barraba recreational fishing upgrade – fish cleaning station

To install a Curved Roof Fish Cleaning Station with pressurised water beside the new boat ramp at Glenriddle Reserve on the top end of Split Rock Dam (10km south of Barraba).

Tamworth Regional Council


FW $14,660


“Our River – Regatta Park, Emu Plains” large fishing platform

To construct a large fishing platform, pedestrian access and enhancement of riparian vegetation in accordance with the progressive implementation of the “Our River” Master Plan.

Penrith City Council


FW $55,000


Risk assessment for recreational fishing in Sydney water supply dams

To conduct a risk assessment regarding potential recreational fishing activities in water supply reservoirs (including in the Sydney catchment area), which are currently closed to fishing.



FW $30,000


Morley’s Creek, Gundagai fishing platform

To construct a 6 meter long fishing platform on Morley’s Creek for use by recreational anglers. The jetty will be particularly useful for those teaching kids to fish as it will be a flat and level base away from branches and other obstacles that can make learning to cast difficult.

Gundagai Shire Council


FW $61,600


Improving access to the Lachlan River at Forbes for the disabled, elderly and infirm

To construct a disabled accessible fishing platform at Cottons Weir on the Lachlan River at Forbes.

Forbes Shire Council


FW $60,000


Warrena Weir, Coonamble fish cleaning table

Provision of a fish cleaning facilities at Warrena Weir, Coonamble to enhance facilities for all recreational fishers and other users of the Warrena Weir.

Coonamble Shire Council


FW $14,558


Bawley Point heritage fishing platform

Upgrade to a historically significant heritage gantry at Bawley Point to create a safe ocean fishing platform. The existing platform is a popular ocean fishing spot, but is currently unsafe due to deterioration and weathering of materials.

Shoalhaven City Council


SW $60,000


Clean, Safe Wharves initiative – keeping Sydney Harbour ferry wharves open to fishing

This project contributes to the Clean, Safe Wharves campaign which involves a series of education and maintenance initiatives aimed at encouraging responsible recreational fishing behaviour on the 50 Sydney Harbour ferry wharves and ensuring fishing access is maintained. These funds will contribute to signage, advertising and associated other new initiatives as fisher issues arise.



SW $60,000


Eco Fishing Huts – Wilderness Fishing Access - Stage 1 Pilot (2 huts)

Develop a system of basic “fishing eco huts” in coastal and inland areas to provide opportunities for anglers to access remote areas for short stays in purpose designed overnight accommodation.



SW $193,500


Construct a fishing platform at ANZAC Park, Nambucca Heads

Construct a large 6.8 x 12.5 metre fishing platform with a disability ramp from the edge of Anzac Park over the Nambucca River with steps leading to the river.

Lions Club of Nambucca Heads




Creating access - Lake Centenary fishing precinct, Temora – Small Grant

To enable access to Lake Centenary for recreational fishing in an area currently inaccessible due to biosecurity considerations of a neighbouring facility by constructing a security fence between the facilities and installing physical access.

Temora Shire Council


FW $9,820


Relocation of Fitzgerald Bridge fish cleaning station, Raymond Terrace – Small Grant

Relocation of the existing fish cleaning station to a more suitable nearby location to eliminate the problem of poor drainage and stagnant water.

Port Stephens Council


SW $2,750


Hat Head beach 4WD accessway – Small Grant

To provide a 4WD vehicle accessway for a length of 20 meters to provide safe access across the soft, unstable foredune for fishermen using their vehicles to access the beach. This vehicle accessway is the only access to the southern end of the 13 km Smokey Beach. The beach is an important and very popular fishing location and is accessed by many local and tourist fishers throughout the year.

Hat Head Dune Management Trust


SW $9,550


Provision of roof for fish cleaning table at Callala Bay – Small Grant

To provide a roof to the existing fish cleaning table located adjacent to the boat ramp at Callala Bay.

Callala Bay Community Association


SW $6,358


Upgrading existing fishing platform to provide disabled access, Tom Ugly’s Point, Botany Bay

Design and construct a disabled access ramp and associated infrastructure to enable disabled users to access and utilise existing fishing platform.

Kogarah City Council

$4,000 SW $4,000 (Dept of Disability Services)


Accessible fishing platform Little Beach, Nelson Bay

Construction of an accessible fishing platform off the Little Beach wheelchair access jetty. The jetty will be retrofitted with slip-resistant decking to ensure safe access to the platform.

Port Stephens Council

$49,175 SW $49,175 (Dept of Disability Services)


Disabled fishing access ramp and canoe launching area – Lake Oberon

The installation of a disabled fishing access track and canoe launching pontoon at Oberon Dam. With the upgrade of access to Lake Oberon there is special consideration for members of the public with limited physical ability.

Central Acclimatisation Society Oberon

$20,000 FW
$20,000 (Dept of Disability Services)


Additional funding for Moruya and South Durras fishing platforms to upgrade them to best practice accessible fishing platforms

Eurobodalla Shire Council is seeking additional funding for two previously Recreational Fishing Trust funded fishing platforms to meet additional best practice accessibility design features.

Eurobodalla Shire Council

$26,500 SW
$26,500 (Dept of Disability Services)


South West Rocks, Back Creek – Jetty Replacement

Demolish existing dilapidated mooring jetty and replace with new fishing platform. The jetty is heavily utilised as a fishing platform by locals and tourists.

NSW Trade and Investment, Crown Lands

SW $100,000


Governor Phillip Reserve Fish Cleaning Table

This project will install a fish cleaning table to improve facilities for the recreational fishing community at Governor Phillip Reserve, Windsor.

Hawkesbury City Council




FishAbility: Lake Cathie Accessible Fishing Platform

Construction of an accessible fishing platform and connected pathway to the wheelchair accessible car parking space, picnic tables, BBQ shelters and amenities at Lake Cathie.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council




Improving fishing opportunities at Bohnock on the Manning River – Small Grant

The project proposes to replace ageing facilities with a new modern fish cleaning station.

Greater Taree City Council




Queens Wharf Morpeth - fish cleaning station and river bank revegetation – Small Grant

The project will supply and install a stainless steel fish cleaning station including water service, concrete slab and path. Completed view here

Maitland City Council




Management of Merimbula Fish Cleaning Pontoon – Small Grant

Funding for the management and maintenance of the Merimbula Fish Cleaning Platform.

Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club







Disabled Fishing Access Ramp – Jubilee Park, Culcairn

Involves the installation of disabled ramps/platforms providing access to fishing activities for the disabled and aged.

Greater Hume Shire Council on behalf of Morven Fishing Club




Small grants project

These funds are set aside for small community based recreational fishing projects to enhance recreational fishing. Projects are limited to $10,000. Note – projects funded by this project are listed as "Small Grants" in the relevant platforms.


(community grants)













Recreational Fishing Access, Saltwater and Freshwater

The Access Fisheries Managers work closely with stakeholders to preserve and enhance long term recreational fishing access, including negotiating with Government agencies, recreational fishing groups and other non-government organisations on behalf of recreational fishers. The role also identifies and facilitates new fishing locations and areas














Fisheries Management Officer (Inland Angler Access)

This role works specifically with the Crown Lands Division on the Crown Land Disposal project with regard to assessment and negotiation of disposals relevant to recreational fishing access. The role undertakes inspections of access sites and works closely with recreational fishing groups to identify key Crown land water access sites.








Projects funded prior to 2015/16 can be viewed in the:

View online web album of previously funded Fishing Platforms

View online web album of previously funded Fish Cleaning Facilities

Fishing infrastructure design guides

For further information contact DPI Fisheries Infrastructure Manager 02 4916 3835.