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


Mr Bruce Schumacher AM


Mr Max Graham

Region 1 - North Coast

Mr Ron Butler

Region 2 - Central Coast

Mr Ron Croker

Region 3 - South Coast

Mr Michael Davey

Region 4 - North inner west

Mr Paul Mullen

Region 5 - Central inner west

Ms Debbie Lennon

Region 6 - South inner west

Mr John Erskine

Region 7 - North west

Mr Troy Bright

Region 8 - South west

Mr Peter Johnson

NSW recreational fishing organisation representative - NSW Rod Fishers’ Society.

Mr Karl Mathers RFNSW Advisory Council representative 

Peter Turnell

NSW DPI Representative - Group Director Recreational & Aboriginal Fisheries

Committee Outcomes

Outcomes of Meeting 62Feb 2021PDF, 152.2 KB
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