A past project of the RiverCare committee was the construction of a fishway to help the endangered Eastern Freshwater Cod.
A past project of the RiverCare committee was the construction of a fishway to help the endangered Eastern Freshwater Cod.

Orara fish get thrown life line

FISH habitat along the Orara River is set to improve with a NSW Government grant of $31,000 for a project aimed to rehabilitate fish habitat along parts of the Orara River, Fridays Creek and Walgarah Creek.

Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser said the Orara Valley Rivercare Groups Management Committee will benefit from the Recreational Fishing Trust's Habitat Action Grant to improve fish habitat.

"This is a great local project which will provide better access for fish, improve fish habitat and ultimately produce more fish," Mr Fraser said.

"This important project will result in a healthier, more sustainable river that is appreciated and enjoyed by the community and will also improve recreational fishing opportunities."

Mr Fraser said the project is one of 30 habitat rehabilitation projects which have received $570,000 funding from the NSW Government's Habitat Action Grants.

The 30 projects will improve wetland habitat, control invasive riverbank weeds, implement bank erosion control, revegetate riparian zones, improve fencing for better stock management, install snags or instream woody habitat and enhance access for fish.

"Funding for this grant in the Orara Valley was provided through the Recreational Fishing Trusts, where all money raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee are placed into the Recreational Fishing Trusts and spent on improving recreational fishing in NSW," Mr Fraser said.

"This is another great example of how anglers' money is being invested back into recreational fishing, supporting the improvement of recreational fish populations."

A full list of successful projects can be found at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag