Joint media release: Securing recreational boating, camping, and fishing facilities across Tasmania

7 October 2021

Federal Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator for Tasmania, Senator the Hon Jonno Duniam
Tasmanian Minister for Local Government and Planning, Roger Jaensch


The Tasmanian and Australian Liberal Governments are inviting Tasmanian Councils to apply for the second round of the Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Program (the Program) which opens today.

The Program, funded by the Australian Government and administered by the Tasmanian Government, provides grants to local government for the purpose of new or renewed:

  • boat ramps;
  • marine rescue facilities;
  • toilet blocks;
  • fish cleaning stations;
  • camping facilities; or
  • other infrastructure or facilities directly associated with recreational fishing, boating, or camping.

Following the success of the first round of the Program, the second round is seeking to fund larger projects with the potential of receiving council co-funding, which will benefit Tasmanians and visitors participating in camping, fishing, and boating activities across the State.

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said recreational fishing, boating, and camping contribute to the health and well-being of many Tasmanians and provides significant benefits to regional areas.

“Recreational fishing is an important leisure activity that delivers both economic and social benefits across the country,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.
 
“For many of us, it is a part of the Australian way of life.

“Improving facilities and access to recreational fishing, boating and camping areas will provide locals and visitors alike with better opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors by camping and fishing in our rivers, lakes and around the coast.”

Tasmanian Minister for Local Government and Planning, Roger Jaensch, said the new round of funding will secure new or renewed facilities across the State such as amenities blocks, boat ramps, jetties, and campsites.

“We have a great tradition of camping, boating, and fishing, and new and renewed infrastructure and access will help holidaymakers and locals alike to enjoy the serenity of some of the best fishing, boating, and camping spots around the State,” Minister Jaensch said.

Grants of between $50,000 and $200,000 may be awarded and applications close at 5pm on 19 November 2021.

Program Guidelines and application information has been sent to councils and are available from the Local Government Division in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.