Endangered fish found in the Lane Cove River

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The endangered Australian Bass has been found in the Lane Cove River.

The return of the endangered fish is attributed to the work of the Bass Sydney Fishing Club and the Friends of Lane Cove National Park funded under the Habitat Action Grant to regenerate the river’s Riparian zone.

Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts praised the two groups as well as the National Park and Wildlife Service.

“Stages One and Two of the Lane Cover River Australian Bass Habitat Project has revegetated a kilometre of riverbank with over 1,000 native trees and shrubs and controlled weeds for almost six kilometres, an excellent outcome for a Sydney river,” Mr Roberts told The Weekly Times.

“This work is vital in helping to support a productive fishery and build on the related project lower down in the river catchment Lane Cove River Wetlands Restoration”.

Stage One of this estuarine based project is complete with a 20 per cent reduction in weeds across a four hectare site, while Stage Two has just been launched with a NPWS and Bass Sydney Fishing Club kayak and boat based working bee.

“Groups such as the Friends of Lane Cove National Park and Bass Sydney Fishing Club have demonstrated how important local custodians are in rehabilitation of the local environment,” Mr Roberts said.

Anthony Roberts has encouraged local residents and community groups in Lane Cove to apply for Habitat Action Grants to help improve fish habitat in our area.

He said the Baird Government has announced more than half a million dollars in funding is now available under the popular Habitat Action Grant program and this is a great opportunity for the waterways in Lane Cove.

“I encourage residents and community groups in Lane Cove to consider applying for a grant and help improve our local fish habitat,” Mr Roberts said.

“Large grants of up to $40,000 or small grants, to kick-start a project, of up to $2,000 are available under the program.”

Mr Roberts said the grants have proven to be very popular in previous years and since 2009, more than $2.9 million has been invested into the Habitat Action Grants program.

The Habitat Action Grants are funded by the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust and are another example of how the sale of recreational fishing licenses is being directed into projects to benefit local recreational fishers.

To find out more about applying for your own fish habitat rehabilitation project or for assistance with project planning email [email protected] or ring 02 4916 3817 or 02 6626 1107, and for project ideas visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag

Grants of up to $40,000 are available to fishing clubs, land care, river care and other community groups, individuals, local councils and other organisations wanting to improve habitat for recreational fish in their local area.