Funds reeled in for fishing spots

THREE northern fishing spots have won total funding of nearly $80,000 to improve the fish habitats around them.

The Guyra and Inverell shire councils and Upper Gwydir Landcare group are among 

30 fish habitat projects announced to share an allocation of $570,000 in grants from the NSW government.

The money will go towards improving local creeks, riverbanks, wetlands and better access for fish through the work of recreational angling clubs, community groups, landholders and local councils.

The Gwydir Landcare association has been funded $40,000 to bring back fish into the Horton River. 

The work will protect and improve an area with 12km of fencing, four kilometres of seeding, and resnagging and road barrier removal along 

the Horton River in that catchment.

Guyra Shire Council gets $25,000 to put in a fish-friendly box culvert to replace an existing pipe culvert fish passage barrier that has poor inlet conditions. It should reduce headloss in stream flow.

At Inverell, $13,625 will go towards getting rid of invasive weeds along a 800m riparian zone of the Macintyre River. Volunteer help will contribute to maintaining and revegetating another area of public reserve with native species.

Ms Hodgkinson said 71 applications had been received under this funding round and the successful 

projects included ones from Bathurst, Berry, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, to Lismore, Nambucca Heads, Port Macquarie, South West Rocks, Taree and Taylors Arm, and also in Sydney.

The projects have been backed by nearly $1.1 million also committed as in-kind support from the successful applicants.

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