Fish friendly councils

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Workshops will look at ways councils can manage structures so they are friendly for fish and help keep waterways healthy.


Many popular activities on NSW waterways depend on healthy water quality and fish habitats.

Local councils play a key role in keeping waterways healthy. They oversee the construction, operation and maintenance of waterway structures like culverts and bridges and undertake works in and around waterways. Councils can make sure these structures and works are conducted in a ‘fish friendly’ way.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) is working with local councils to hold fish friendly workshops. The workshops look at ways councils can manage and build structures and undertake works in and around waterways that are friendly for fish and protect water quality.

Latest news

20 November 2020 - Fish friendly videos - A series of four Fish friendly workshop videos to help local council staff keep fish and coastal habitats healthy have been released online by DPI Fisheries.Topics covered include:

August 2019 - present. The Fish Friendly workshops are being rolled out across the North region of NSW.  Local councils that have received the workshops to date include; Tweed Shire Council, Byron Shire Council, Lismore City Council, Kyogle Council, Kempsey Shire Council, Nambucca Shire Council, Port Macquarie- Hastings Council, Ballina Council and Richmond Valley Council.


This program is underway on the NSW North Coast during 2019-2021. The program aims to expand across NSW in Stage 3 of marine estate management strategy implementation (post June 2021).

Lead Agency

Department of Primary Industries - Fisheries (DPI-F)


A program of face-to-face workshops for local councils was launched in 2019 and is being delivered to councils across NSW. Local councils on the North Coast that have expressed interest to partner with the fish friendly workshops include:

  • Richmond Valley Council
  • Tweed Shire Council
  • Byron Shire Council
  • Nambucca Shire Council
  • Ballina Shire Council
  • Kempsey Shire Council
  • Port Macquarie - Hastings Council
  • Lismore City Council
  • Kyogle Council


To find out more, contact:

Patrick Dwyer, Senior Manager – Coastal Systems
P - 0407 264 391
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