Recre­ational fisher’s li­cence hike a shame

Broome Advertiser - - Sport - An­drew Row­land Dr An­drew Row­land is the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Recfishwest.

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.

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