Tag: Recreational fishing

Boat Ramp Now Open

Nhulunbuy’s Community Boat Ramp OPEN

10 November 2018

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, today officially opened the new and improved Community Boat Ramp at Melville Bay in Nhulunbuy.

The $556,677 (incl GST) upgrade to the boat ramp was funded through the Territory Labor Government’s $50 million investment in recreational fishing, which was an election promise.

The upgrade, which provided work for local contractors and was driven by the Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club (NRFSC), also includes two new fishing platforms.

The project involved several stakeholders, including the local Police, Border Force, tourism and fishing charter operators, the Dhimurru Rangers and the Gumatj people.

Quotes from Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles:

“The Territory Labor Government is investing in recreational fishing because it creates jobs, injects millions of dollars into our economy and is a huge part of our Territory lifestyle.

“This is a prime example of different stakeholders working together to achieve an outcome beneficial to the whole community. The fantastic efforts of the NRSFC must be recognised, especially the huge amount of work put in by project coordinator Peter Cox.

“Several different groups will use the ramp for different reasons, so the completion of this project is a win for the whole community.

“Already today we’ve seen a large turnout use the ramp for a family fishing competition, and there is no doubt it will prove a popular, all-tide facility that provides safe access to the water for a range of users.”

Quote from Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club President, Anthony Bergamo:

“The completed facilities have secured all-tide, all-weather, safe access to Melville Bay for recreational anglers and tourist operators.

“We are very grateful for the support from the Traditional Owners and Northern Territory Government in helping us achieve this fantastic result.

“All construction works have been completed by local contractors and it has been a real boost to the local economy.

“We are very confident the community will enjoy this facility for many years to come.”

Media Contact: Leanne Hudson 0427 687 079

Supporting Recreational Fishing = Supporting Jobs in the Territory

13 August 2018

The Darwin Game Fishing Club has received a $50,000 grant from the Territory Labor Government to support the costs of running the Darwin Boat, Travel and Leisure Show, which highlights the goods and services offered by local businesses.

The money was granted through the government’s new $1 million Recreational Fishing Grants Scheme, which Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, announced in May this year. The grant scheme is part of the Territory Labor Government’s election commitment of a $50 million investment in recreational fishing.

Quotes from Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles:

“Investing in recreational fishing is an investment in growing our economy – in 2010 the recreational fishing sector was valued at $80 million. The industry supports jobs in regional and remote areas, and growing the sector will create more jobs.

“The Recreational Fishing Grants scheme provides funding for a range of projects that support the growth of recreational fishing, from educational programs and fishing clinics to habitat restoration and minor fishing infrastructure projects – things such as fish-cleaning tables and fishing shelters.

“The Darwin Boat, Travel and Leisure Show is a one-stop shop for fishing, travel and outdoor needs, and the perfect place to find everything you need to enjoy our great Territory lifestyle. Heaps of local businesses will be there, and my Department of Primary Industry and Resources will have an NT Fisheries stand with everything you need to know about fishing.

“So whether you like fishing, camping, boating or simply travelling through our astonishing landscapes, this is the place to be. Get down to Marrara Stadium from August 18-19 and support the local businesses taking part.”

Quotes from Darwin Game Fishing Club Event Coordinator, Debbie Halpin:

“The NT Government support was critical to the continuation of this event, which is now in its fourth year and will be focusing on Top End businesses, including Darwin, Groote Eylandt and East Arnhem.

“The Darwin Boat, Travel and Leisure Show will provide the community with the opportunity to find all their boating, camping and leisure needs in one spot, and will feature the biggest display of boats in one place in the NT.

“The Berkley Super Tank will again be on display and you will be able to see how barramundi react to lures in a 30-foot Perspex tank.”

Media Contact: Leanne Hudson 0427 687 079