Aboriginal people, businesses and community groups in the Cootamundra electorate are encouraged to apply for grants or loans from the Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund for projects that relate to Aboriginal fishing in NSW.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP said the fund supports a wide variety of activities across coastal and inland regions which enhance, protect or promote Aboriginal cultural fishing or provide fishing related economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities.

“This is the second year these grants have been on offer and already we’ve seen almost half a million dollars invested throughout the State,” Ms Cooke said.

“A little over $500,000 in funding is available this year, so I really encourage Cootamundra electorate residents and community groups to apply for these grants and loans as they can make a meaningful difference to our local Aboriginal communities.

“Funds can be used to support projects including commercial fishing businesses and aquaculture operations; enhancing cultural fishing grounds; education programs; and cultural fishing workshops.

The Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council, with assistance from the Aboriginal Fishing Trust Expenditure Committee, will assess the applications and then give their recommendations to the Minister for Primary Industries.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Aboriginal people, businesses and community groups, so I encourage anyone with a great idea to submit an application,” Ms Cooke added.

Applications for funding from the Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund are invited annually between November and February each year.

Applications for the current funding round close on February 27 2019.

For more information visit: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/aboriginal-fishing/AFTF