Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced funding for an Upper Lachlan River project which will provide homes for Murray Cod.

Ms Cooke said the funding is part of more than $644,000 in grants for 29 unique fish habitat projects, under the popular Habitat Action Grants Program.

The project, called ‘Comfortable Cod for Cowra’, will see $17,595 granted to Central Tablelands Local Lands Services.

“This project will see 11 large woody habitats, known as snags, and rock groynes installed to create pools and homes for Murray Cod in the Upper Lachlan River,” she said.

The NSW Government’s Habitat Action Grants provide a way for fishers, organisations and community members to be directly involved in improving fish habitats, in both coastal and inland fishing spots.

“The NSW Government sees great benefit in supporting local habitat projects since heathy fish stocks rely on healthy waterways,” Ms Cooke said.

“These grants will also make sure that valuable agricultural grazing land is protected and the water quality in our local rivers will be improved. This will have flow-on benefits to our community and tourism.”

Across the State, these varied projects will:

  • install 243 woody habitats (snags),
  • install more than 7 kilometres of riparian fencing to manage stock access,
  • revegetate more than 15 kilometres of riparian zone, planting at least 15,300 trees, shrubs and sedges,
  • control more than 88 kilometres of invasive riverbank weeds,
  • reinstate 52 kilometres of fish habitat by addressing 7 fish passage barriers,
  • implement at least 2.7 kilometres of bank erosion control, and
  • improve management of 133 hectares of wetland habitat.

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

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