Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council

The Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council (RFNSW) has been established to provide advice to the Minister for Primary Industries on key recreational fishing issues in NSW.

The Advisory Council is based around a modern representative model, ensuring the views of regional fishers from right across the State are communicated. RFNSW includes eight regional members, two members with expertise in spearfishing and charter boat fishing and other representatives that significantly benefit the function of the Advisory Council.

For more information about the Council or to send a message:


Call: (02) 4424 7403

RFNSW members

Representative region/position


Independent Chair

Prof Johann Bell

Region 1 - Mid & Far North Coast

David Rae

Region 2 - Lower North Coast

Paul Lennon

Region 3 - Sydney & Central Coast

Grahame Williams OAM

Justin Duggan

Region 4 - Illawarra

Vicki Lear

Region 5 - South Coast

Jo-Anne Starling

Region 6 - North West Inland

Matthew Hansen

Region 7 - South West Inland

Karl Mathers

Region 8 - Central & Southern Tablelands

Raymond Tang

Steven Samuels

Charter Boat Fishing

Victor Levett

Spear Fishing

Ian Puckeridge

Social Benefits of Recreational Fishing

Matthew Tripet

Group Director – Recreational and Aboriginal FisheriesNominee of the Secretary

Regions map

RFNSW regions map

Outcomes of RFNSW meetings