Project Grants Set to Restore Fisheries Habitats on the Northern Gold Coast
The Morrison Government has committed $242,500 to the northern Gold Coastregion under the Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program to assist in restoring the health and functionality of coastal and estuarine fisheries habitats.
Federal Member for Fadden said the Central Moreton Bay and Gold Coast projects were part of 28 projects across the country to share in $8 million of grant funding.
“Activities will include recycling and sanitising of oyster shells at the Port of Brisbane, installing shell-filled structures to an approved site within Moreton Bay, remediating three hectares of riparian land and wetlands on the Coomera River and promoting the active involvement of recreational fishers in strategic and collaborative fish habitat restoration,” Mr Robert 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 her on the northern Gold Coast.”
Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said these projects would benefit recreational fishers by improving the health and productivity of habitats that support fish stocks and fisheries.
“Australia’s waterways are some of the best in the world,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.
“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.