Fish friendly councils top tip 7

7. Collaborate with your neighbouring councils

Many impacts on river health and native fish populations are not concentrated in one area but affect whole catchments. Also, Council boundaries often don’t align with catchments. By working with neighbouring councils you can:

  • access more resources
  • tap into expertise available in other councils
  • develop more comprehensive and innovative programs
  • attract greater amounts of funding (funding bodies usually look favourably on partnerships to address issues at a regional level).

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  • develop regional river enhancement programs with neighbouring councils
  • obtain advice from Local Land Services or natural resource management agency on priorities for river rehabilitation
  • apply for funding to support regional fish habitat rehabilitation initiatives.

Case Study - Achieving shared goals, north coast, NSW

 Council working group

Council working group. Image: Clarence Valley Council

Restoring watercourses, wetlands and coastal lakes on the North coast is a collaborative project between Clarence Valley, Greater Taree City, Kempsey Shire, Port Macquarie Hastings, Richmond River County and Tweed Shire Councils funded by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust Urban Sustainability Program. More ...

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