The NSW Government’s Flagship Fish Habitat Grants program, which offers up to $400,000 per year to undertake projects that improve habitats to enhance and sustain coastal fish populations in NSW, will open on Monday 26 September 2022.

This initiative is managed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and funded by the Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust Expenditure Committee (RFSTEC).

Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest MP said the Flagship Grants program seeks to target larger scale projects, that require higher levels of funding assistance, and will benefit recreational fishers by enhancing fish habitats.

“These grants offer a rare opportunity for regional fishing clubs, local and state government agencies and non-government organisations to improve fish habitats, water quality and fish passage at a large scale or in challenging environments within our local creek, river or estuary,” Mr Provest said.

“Our coastal catchments and waterways have been hit hard by extreme natural events in recent years. This has highlighted the need for assistance to give fish stocks the best chance to survive and thrive.

“Funded by the Recreational Fishing Trust, this program is another excellent example of how recreational fishing fees are helping to support and improve fisheries in NSW.

Applications for 2021/2022 Flagship Grants open from Monday, 26 September 2022 to Friday, 4 November 2022.

For more information about the program, visit: or contact Department of Primary Industries Fisheries Manager, James Wraith, on (02) 4222 8327.