On Sunday, RecFish SA were delighted to be invited to open the new fish cleaning facility at St. Kilda. This was a community project built by the St. Kilda & Surrounds Tourism and Development Association and funded by the South Australian Government Recreational Fishing Grants Programme. The Association employed local businesses to build the structure and the City of Salisbury has committed to its ongoing maintenance.
Association president Lindsay Virgo invited RecFish SA to officially open the facility in recognition of our role in winning Government financial support to provide new facilities and opportunities for the recreational fishing community. Executive Director for Communications David Ciaravolo said that the real credit should go to the locals, especially the St Kilda & Surrounds Association ” It’s a privilege to be here today, to open this great new fish cleaning table and to say a big thank you to the St Kilda & Surrounds Tourism and Development Association for grabbing this opportunity with both hands and delivering a great new asset for the local recreational fishing community”
“It’s clear that the Association has taken great pride in this project and it’s wonderful to see investment into making the recreational fishing experience better here at St. Kilda. We only have to look around us on a beautiful winter day like today, to see that many people have traveled into this area to fish, they are having a good time with family and friends and injecting money into local businesses” said Mr Ciaravolo.
Within minutes of the opening, the table was already being put to good use, with northern suburbs angler Pejman and his son Daniel, cleaning the haul of squid which they caught around the Black pole.
NEW SA RECREATIONAL FISHING GRANTS PROJECTS ANNOUNCED!
Today Minister Ian Hunter announced the successful applicants of the SA Recreational Fishing Grants Programme – Round 2. From the 70 applications received, 23 projects totaling $358,469 will receive funding, while 14 projects totaling $371,360 have in-principle funding support, pending additional Government approvals.
Projects include fish stocking, fishing platforms & pontoons, fish habitat/reef, jetty shelters, kids clinics, fish cleaning tables, fisher education and more!
See the list of successful applications here
See the projects with in-principle support here
Minister Hunter said “These successful recreational fishing projects will help create economic opportunities for local communities and regional growth. Regional employment will be boosted through the installation of fishing infrastructure and the management of community events, and regional businesses will be supported through the benefits of regional fishing tourism like accommodation and bait and tackle shops.”
RecFish SA’s David Ciaravolo said “It’s great to see so many applications lodged in round two – we believe it shows communities are very keen to improve recreational fishing opportunities through the grants programme. I’m sure fishers around SA look forward to benefiting from the new projects as they progress.”