Fishing platform will help stop bad riverbank erosion

A FISHING platform will be built at a popular fishing spot on the bank of Shoalhaven River fronting Bolong Road.

Shoalhaven City Council is working on long-term stabilisation of the riverbank near the junction of Broughton Creek.

Council has engaged contractors to install a recreational fishing platform on the Shoalhaven River bank after receiving funding from the Recreational Fishing Trust. 

At this stage three four-metre by two-metre fishing platforms, will be built into a rock revetment.

Part of the land being lost to the river through erosion is owned by council while other parts are owned by farmers.

As part of the works, council will install bank stabilisation on council’s reserve land frontage.

Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash said while bank protection works on adjoining land frontage were not being included in the upcoming project, local residents were being provided the “opportunity” to fund the works themselves.

“Council is certainly pleased to receive grant funding to assist in the provision of a fishing platform along Bolong Road,” Cr Gash said.

“The platform will not only provide local fishermen with safer access to the Shoalhaven River but will assist in mitigating foreshore erosion.

“Council will incorporate the provision of the platform into the current rock protection work.

“As part of the works council will meet with local residents to discuss options for bank protection works on adjoining private land.” 

Angling  for cash

THE next round of funding applications from the NSW government’s Recreational Fishing Trusts are now open.

This year, applications for freshwater and other regional projects including fishing infrastructure and community-based recreational fishing education projects are particularly encouraged. 

For more information or assistance with compiling applications contact the Department of Primary Industries on 6691 9681, or email recreational.fishingtrust@dpi.nsw.gov.au or visit www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au.

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