The Morrison Government has committed over $885,000 to three projects in Wannon under the Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program to assist in restoring the health and functionality of coastal and estuarine fisheries habitats.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said these projects would benefit recreational fishers by improving the health and productivity of habitats that support fish stocks and fisheries.
The three projects are:
• $298,886 for the Curdies Estuary Fish Habitat Restoration Project (Corangamite Catchment Management Authority)
• $285,201 for the Enhancing estuaries in the Portland Basin (Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority); and
• $301,795 for the Habitat for the rivers of Warrnambool (Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority).
“Australia’s waterways are some of the best in the world,”
Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said “It’s critical we keep our fisheries habitats healthy so we can continue to enjoy our world-class fishing into the future.”
“This program will benefit Australia’s natural resource base and the broader community – especially our recreational fishers.
“We will be funding 28 projects across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australian and Tasmania.
“This funding will see Regional Land Partnership providers and recreational fishing groups partner in rolling-up their sleeves to directly improve fish habitats.
“Together, they will work on surrounding vegetation and biodiversity in marine and estuarine areas, from tropical mangrove wetlands in Queensland, to building shellfish reefs on Kangaroo Island and restoring fish habitat damaged by moorings in southern Tasmania.”
The Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program is a 2019 government election commitment to provide $8 million to restore the health and functionality of coastal and estuarine fisheries habitats.