The NSWCFA, formed in 1958, is the recognised representative body for the State’s freshwater anglers, focusing on fisheries management, conservation and regulatory matters, angler access, angling ethics, animal welfare and politics. It harnesses the energy and local knowledge of regional groups and represents their freshwater angling interests to the government and to the public, and enjoys a productive relationship with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) and other government departments and agencies.
The mission of the NSWCFA is to represent the interests of New South Wales freshwater anglers, with the aim of fostering recreational fishing in a healthy and ecologically sustainable environment for today’s and future generations.
The NSWCFA is an independent, incorporated, not-for-profit organisation run by unpaid volunteers. It is funded by membership fees paid by organisations and individuals. It is not part of the NSW Government and its operations are not funded by the Government. It publishes full and detailed notices, agendas, minutes and reports of all meetings and holds democratic annual elections for an executive committee. A copy of our constitution can be downloaded here.
Executive committee and officers 2021-22
Immediate Past President—Don Barton
Senior Vice President—Mike Timbrell
Vice President for Region 1 North Coast & Ranges—Vacant
Vice President for Region 2 Sydney & Central—Phil Burton
Vice President for Region 3 Sthn. Highlands & Sth Coast—Josh Burns
Vice President for Region 4 ACT, Monaro, & Snowy Mts—Steve Samuels
Vice President for Region 5 Central West—Mike Timbrell
Vice President for Region 6 South West—Vacant
Vice President for Region 7 Far West—Vacant
Vice President for Region 8 New England—Charles Atkin
Honorary Secretary—Radge Diakiw
Honorary Treasurer—Don Salter
Public Officer— John Robb
Non- Executive Officers:
Environmental Officer/ Scientific Officer —Gary Bickford
Promotions Officer—John Robb
Assistant Secretary—Bill Blair
Minute Secretary—Bill Blair
Publications Editor—Peter Gibson
Website Manager —Peter Gibson
Honorary Solicitor—Stuart Beal
VRFish Liaison—Jason Middleton
Delegates to the RFA NSW—Peter Gibson, Radge Diakiw, Charles Atkin, Mike Timbrell, Ian Roache
Delegates to Gaden Trout Hatchery Mgt Committee—Peter Gibson
Observers to DPI NSW Trout Allocation Committee—Peter Gibson
Delegate to Snowy Lakes Committee—Peter Gibson
Member clubs and associations
Members of the NSW include fishing clubs, associations and individuals. Member organisations are entitled to two voting positions for up to 100 members plus one extra voting position for every hundred members thereafter (or part thereof). Click here for a membership form.
Our current member organisations are:
ACT Fly Fishers; The Barrington Club; Bass Kempsey; Canberra Anglers Association; Canberra Fisherman’s Club; Central Coast Flyrodders; Clarence Fly Anglers; Council of Southern Districts Angling Clubs; Hastings Fly Fishers; Hunter Native Fish; Illawarra Fly Fishers; Lakeside Fly Fishing Club; Monaro Acclimatisation Society; New South Wales Rod Fishers’ Society; Orange Trout Acclimatisation Society; Southern Bass Fishing Club; Sydney Fly Rodders.
You will be well aware of the challenges freshwater anglers face in sustaining the freshwater fishery in NSW, especially regarding the preservation of angler access. The NSWCFA constantly strives to overcome those challenges but we need your financial support to meet the costs of that work.
We are appealing to members who can afford to make a small extra annual contribution to become NSWCFA Foundation Members to help meet our operating costs. Foundation Membership is just $25 per year—less than the cost of a NSW fishing licence.
Foundation Members are recognised in the NSWCFA website and in NSWCFA newsletters.
Your contribution will help meet the cost of hiring meeting venues across NSW and out-of-pocket expenses for committee members who attend meetings on your behalf (such as train, taxi, bus and parking). Your contributions will also be used for the production of our monthly email newsletters, which are sent to hundreds of members, for stationery, copying, postage, internet and telephone costs, insurance to cover the personal liability of committee members, affiliation fees to the Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW and corporate return filing fees.