Joint media release: Boost for recreational fishing, camping and boating facilities

18 June 2021

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, the Hon. David Littleproud MP
Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator The Hon. Jonno Duniam
Tasmanian Minister for Local Government and Planning, the Hon. Roger Jaensch


The Australian Government’s $20 million Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Program will fund 19 new projects across Tasmania to improve fishing and camping facilities. 

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the Program would deliver $20 million nationally over three years.

“This program will deliver new and renewed infrastructure for our recreational fishing, camping and boating community,” Minister Littleproud said.

“This program delivers on our 2019 election commitment for more fishing opportunities for all Australians.”

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

“Recreational fishing is an important leisure activity that contributes economic and social benefits to the Australian community, and is a part of the Australian way of life for all ages and for all socio-economic backgrounds,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.

“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 and at the coast.”

Tasmanian Minister for Local Government and Planning Roger Jaensch said the $801,000 of grants in Tasmania this year would improve facilities such as amenities blocks, boat ramps, jetties, fire pits, camp sites and fish cleaning stations across the state.

“Nineteen projects have been allocated funding across Tasmania, in Burnie, Derby, Lake Burbury, Tullah, Lake Barrington, Latrobe, Lewisham, Devonport, Launceston, Clarence, Bellingham, Sulphur Creek, Penguin, Turners Beach, West Ulverstone, Lake Leake, Yolla, Myalla, Waratah-Wynyard and Lake Meadowbank,” Minister Jaensch said.

“It’s the perfect time to holiday closer to home this year, and better facilities will make your next escape into the great Australian outdoors even better.

“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.”

For more information on recreational fishing, see https://www.agriculture.gov.au/fisheries/recreational.

Title

Category

Project Description

Local Council

Funding

Lake Barrington Park and campground barbeque and lighting

Camping

Replacement of public barbeque facilities and new lighting at Lake Barrington Park and campground.

Kentish Council

$38,000

Sealed carpaking along Shale Road adjacent to Mersey River

Fishing

Two sealed carpark areas either side of Shale Road, adjacent to the Mersey River.

Latrobe Council

$37,500

Lewisham Boat Ramp Toilet Facility – Gwynns Point.

Toilet blocks

New toilet and wastewater treatment and disposal system at the Lewisham/Gwynns Point boat ramp.

Sorell Council

$72,628

Horsehead Creek RV dump point

Toilet blocks

RV dump point and pull off bay at Horsehead Creek campground and boat ramp.

Devonport City Council

$39,000

Myrtle Park Recreation Ground upgrades

Camping

Improvements to Myrtle Park recreation ground, including a UV treatment system for the amenities block water supply, new fire pits, and improved signage and access control.

Launceston City Council

$27,500

Lilydale Falls Reserve upgrades

Camping

Improvements to Lilydale Falls Reserve camping facilities, including a UV treatment system for the amenities block water supply, new fire pits, and improved signage.

Launceston City Council

$23,000

Bayview Park Kayak Launch Facility

Boating

Kayak launch facility at Bayview Park, including new padded kayak racks, a new beach shower and foot wash, tap fittings, and improvements to beach access.

Clarence City Council

$27,500

New Bellingham change rooms and toilet block

Toilet blocks

New toilet and change room facilities at Bellingham, including four unisex, accessible toilets; two separate change rooms; new sewer system and plumbing; lighting; and accessible fixtures.

George Town Council

$72,628

Public showers at Sulphur Creek, Penguin, and Turners Beach

Toilet blocks

Addition of public showers to toilet blocks near public camping facilities at Sulphur Creek, Penguin, and Turners Beach.

Central Coast Council

$60,000

West Ulverstone Fish Cleaning Station

Fishing

Installation of a new fish cleaning station at the West Ulverstone boat ramp.

Central Coast Council

$10,000

New Lake Leake Amenities Facility

Toilet blocks

Replacement shower and toilet block at the Lake Leake campground.

Northern Midlands Council

$72,628

Yolla Recreation Ground RV Dump Point

Toilet blocks

RV dump point at Yolla Recreation Ground.

Waratah-Wynyard Council

$7,284

New public campsite at Myalla Recreation Reserve

Camping

New public camping site at Myalla Recreation Reserve, including hardstand area, signage, communal amenities and barbeque.

Waratah-Wynyard Council

$30,000

Solar lights at boat ramps

Boating

New solar lights at four boat ramps across the Waratah-Wynyard council area.

Waratah-Wynyard Council

$16,000

Bethune Park/Lake Meadowbank toilet block

Toilet blocks

New toilet block at Bethune Park/Lake Meadowbank camping area.

Central Highlands Council

$72,628

South Burnie Beach -- New toilets/change rooms and carpark upgrade

Toilet blocks

New toilet and change room facilities and upgraded parking arrangements at South Burnie Beach, including the separation of vehicular and pedestrian/cycling traffic.

Burnie City Council

$50,000

Derby Trailhead Camping Amenities Block

Toilet blocks

New amenities block for day visitors and campground users for the Blue Derby Trail Network.

Dorset Council

$72,628

Lake Burbury Campground Toilet Replacement

Toilet blocks

Replacement of the toilet block at the Lake Burbury campground, including one or more accessible toilets.

West Coast Council

$60,000

Tullah Toilet Replacement

Toilet blocks

Replacement of the public toilet block at Tullah, serving the Tullah/Lake Rosebery boat ramp and camping area.

West Coast Council

$12,628