Goulburn Mulwaree and Yass Valley councils will be given a funding boost for recreational fishing, boating and camping projects thanks to funding provided by the Commonwealth Government, as part of a nationwide program in which States and Territories administer grants to local councils.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the two projects in the Goulburn electorate are among those being funded, which will ramp up tourism and create local recreation opportunities.

  • $117,379 to go towards a new amenities block project at Copford Reach at Wollondilly River Goulburn. This will enable Goulburn Mulwaree Council to install an amenities block at the popular deep water location of Copford Reach to support and promote recreational fishing and boating activity on the Wollondilly River at Goulburn.
  • $50,000 to go towards re-construction of the boat ramp at O’Connor Park at Yass River, Yass. Currently a boat ramp exists that has been degraded and as a result is no longer operational. Yass Valley Council will construct a new concrete ramp which will be craned onto and pinned into the existing boat ramp. The ramp services recreational fishing, boating, leisure enthusiasts and is used by Yass Acclimatisation Society for fingerling restocking as well as Yass fishing clubs.

Federal Member for Hume Angus said the Federal Government had committed $20 million to upgrade recreational fishing, boating, and camping facilities across Australia providing significant benefit to regional areas.

““It’s great to see local councils getting behind these grants as they provide real benefits to our local recreational fishing industry and economy,” Mr Taylor said.

“The program will also aim to provide tourists with more and improved amenities as they travel around NSW,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“It’s all about creating public spaces for all to enjoy.

“This will allow visitors to enjoy the best the outdoors has to offer, while also helping us recover from a few tough years of fires, floods and the Covid-19 pandemic,” she said.

Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Dugald Saunders said a total of 25 projects across the state will benefit from this new investment.

“The Commonwealth’s Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Program is designed to deliver new or renewed infrastructure to encourage people to get out of the house and participate in classic Australian past times,” Mr Saunders said.

“It will also provide significant social and economic benefits by generating construction jobs and attracting more people to the bush.

“The recreational fishing industry alone provides about $3.4 billion for the NSW economy each year, which is the equivalent of 14,000 full-time jobs.”

More information on the Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Program can be found here: