Recreational fisher’s licence hike a shame
Recfishwest is disappointed the cost of all fishing licences has risen.
The cost for every WA recreational fishing licence went up by $5 on July 8.
This was an outcome of a recent government review of fees and charges, which has also seen other increases in day-to-day expenses for West Australians.
We were disappointed that the State Government failed to consult us on the changes and the first we heard of it was when the rise was announced.
We believe we could have worked with the State Government on other options which might well have achieved the same goals without hitting every licence holder.
On a positive note, Recfishwest spoke directly to the Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly and received assurance that programs such as the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund are not going to be lost as an outcome of this review, with the minister confirming funding to RFIF and Recfishwest would not be affected.
Recfishwest will be working hard to ensure every cent of the additional $1 million the Government will receive from this increase delivers maximum benefit to the fishing community who are paying.
It’s important that the community have clarity on government expenditure and we expect Premier Mark McGowan’s promised “gold standard of transparency” as continually spruiked by the new Government will also be applied to fishing licence revenues.
The changes means the Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence has increased to $35, with all other non-RFBL licences increasing to $45.
Current concession discounts will remain.