Small Grants Program






Disabled Access Recreational Fishing Platform on Ironbark Creek at HWCA Shortland

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 



Monitoring Murray cod populations in the Dumaresq River, northern NSW

Undertake two tag-and-recapture events in the Dumaresq River; one each in March-April 2017 and 2018. Additional data will strengthen estimates of population size and structure of Murray cod populations across the region.

Office of Environment & Heritage 



Assessing the interactions of threatened frog species and trout in the Central Tablelands of NSW

To evaluate the distribution of threatened frogs in the Turon River catchment relative to available habitat and troutstocking, including the relative abundance of threatened frogs in areas where fish stocking occurs versus non-stocked areas.

Glenlyon Dam Fish Restocking Group  Inc




Give the fingerlings more air - Bingara Hatchery

To renew the airline set up to provide more air for the fingerlings at Bingara hatchery.

Bingara Anglers Club and Hatchery 

FW $4,479


Fish Port Stephens - digitally interactive educational display on recreational fishing in Port Stephens at the Visitor Information Centre

To develop content and partnerships to create a dedicated digitally interactive educational display on all aspects of recreational fishing in Port Stephens at the Visitor Information Centre Nelson Bay, including mobile friendly web content and comprehensive user-friendly information on recreational fishing in the Port Stephens region. The project will be supported by a marketing campaign to promote Port Stephens as a great destination for fishing – for locals and visitors.

Destination Port Stephens 

SW $10,000


Warrawong Intensive English Centre – Fishing for Refugees (additional funding sought for existing project)

This submission is an extension to SS004 ($3,406). The objective is to teach refugee new arrivals to Australia responsible and sustainable fishing practices through funding for transport to different fishing locations.

Intensive English Centre, Warrawong 

SW $6,500


Assisting others to enjoy fishing  2016/2017

Hold three junior Fishing Clinics and 1 CanTeen Cancer Kids visit. Teach how to rig rods, tie knots, bait hooks, cast rods, gather bait from inter tidal zones, cast, catch and release fish and look after the environment.

Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club Inc 

SW $5,000


Warrawong High School – Project Neptune 2016/17

Project Neptune began in 1998. Fishing is a school sport. Weather permitting, sport is Thursday afternoons. Terms 1 & 4 The highlight is the program’s annual deep sea charter.

Warrawong High School 

SW $1,920


Traditional Fish

The project aims to prevent isolation with Aboriginal men with a disability, using fishing and talking group (yarning circle) whilst engaging in recreational fishing.

Deniliquin Local Aboriginal Land Council 

FW $5,435


Moree Lions Club kids fishing day

To promote correct fishing methods with kids under 12 years of age with their families, whilst conducting a community event.

Lions Club of Moree 

FW $9,800


Lithgow High School aquaculture and fishing sustainability project

Determining growth rates and displacement of natural species. Fingerlings to be nurtured at LHS aquaculture facility, transferred to temporary holding dam where growth rates are measured and fish tagged before being released locally to be caught and monitored.

Lithgow High School 

FW $10,000


Engaging young recreational fishers in the importance of river health

This project aims to provide fun, attractive and age appropriate educational materials in the resources pack for competitions at the annual Namoi River Carp Muster at Narrabri.

Narrabri Amateur Fishing Club Inc. 

FW $2,000


Tenterfield Shire fishing information leaflet for visitors and local residents

To provide visitors to the Tenterfield Shire information about locations and regulations related to fishing in the area.

Ratepayers Association of Tenterfield Shire 

FW $1,000


Provision of roof for fish cleaning table at Callala Bay

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


Hat Head beach 4WD accessway

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


Relocation of Fitzgerald Bridge fish cleaning station, Raymond Terrace

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


Creating access - Lake Centenary fishing precinct, Temora

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


Environmental drivers of spawning migration in Australian Bass in the Hunter River, NSW

Acoustic tracking of Australian bass in the Hunter river to determine natural and artificial drivers and impediments of movement behaviour and spawning migration.

Deakin University 

SW $9,750


Laying the foundations for shellfish reef restoration: Review of available ecosystem services data for Sydney rock oysters

Desktop review of the ability of Sydney rock oysters to improve water quality and fisheries production to estimate the extent of lost ecosystem services in our estuaries and inform efforts to restore shellfish reefs in NSW.

DigsFish Services 

SW $10,000


Provision of Annual Report for the Gamefish Tagging Program for 2015/2016

Provision of an informative, attractive and readily accessible report on the Gamefish Tagging Program for the year 2015/2016.

Pepperell Research & Consulting Pty Ltd 

SW $6,000


Habitat use and movements between estuaries and the coastal ocean by Hairtail

Gather information on the movements of hairtail in different life stages between estuaries and the coastal ocean using chemical analysis of fish ear bones (otoliths) collected under an existing student project.

Western Sydney University, School of Science and Health 



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 CouncilSW
(Dept of Disability Services) 

Improving access to educational information on humane dispatch for fish species encountered by recreational fishers in NSW

Upgrading the website and phone applications to improve user access by allowing fishers based in NSW to search from a list of species that only occur in NSW, rather than the whole database.

DigsFish ServicesSW

Reproduction of 13,500 NSW Fishing Safely DVDs

Reproduction of 13,500 Fishing Safety DVDs and free bulk distribution to NSW DPI, fishing groups, safe fishing clinics, community groups, other agencies and organisations.

Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSWSW

Kinchella Primary School and Hat Head Fishing Club -fishing project

Educate students in basic fishing skills including: Hazards, Environment, Fishing gear, Casting, Bait and Practical. To be carried out by Hat Head Fishing Club Volunteers in conjunction with NSW Fisheries “Get Hooked” program

Hat Head Bowling & Rec. Club Amateur Fishing ClubSW

Supporting fish hatchery trainees

This project provides support to increase the number of fisheries students with practical skills learnt in a native fish hatchery. It also improves the number and quality of fish produced at the Narrandera hatchery with the extra staff.





Improving fishing opportunities at Bohnock on the Manning River

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

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

Maitland City Council



Management of Merimbula Fish Cleaning Pontoon

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

Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club




Clean Fishing in Queanbeyan

Queanbeyan City Council proposes to install educational signage along the Queanbeyan River to address problems associated with lost and littered recreational fishing line.

Queanbeyan City Council



Fishing for refugees

This project will teach high-school aged refugee new arrivals to Australia responsible and sustainable fishing practices.

Intensive English centre, Warrawong High School



Assisting others to enjoy fishing

The club will hold 3 junior fishing clinics and 1 canTeen Cancer Kids visit. The clinics teach how to rig rods, tie knots, bait hooks, gather bait from intertidal zones, cast, catch and release fish and how to look after the environment.

Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club Inc



Warrawong High School's - Project Neptune

The high school began Project Neptune in 1998, which involves running a fishing workshop for students and finishing the school term with an annual deep sea charter.

Warrawong High School



Provision of an informative, attractive and readily accessible report on the Gamefish Tagging Project for the year 2014/2015

This project will provide a quality angler Annual Report for the Gamefish Tagging Project for 2014/15

Pepperell Research & Consulting Pty Ltd