Premier heeds need for talks on net bans
THE Queensland Premier has heeded a second-generation professional fisherman’s call to consult his industry about commercial net fishing.
The Sunshine Coast resident named Ben phoned ABC radio while Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was taking calls from listeners.
He questioned why the government had not consulted with professional fishers about plans to implement net-free zones off Cairns, Mackay and the Capricorn Coast.
More than 5000 people signed petitions calling on State Parliament to block legislation to instigate the three zones.
The petitioners argued the zones would have an impact on regional employment and access to fresh local seafood.
Ms Palaszczuk said she had made it very clear to Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne that more consultation was needed.
She said many locals from Yeppoon on the Capricorn Coast had approached her about the issue when she and her fellow ministers were in nearby Rockhampton.
The Premier said Ben’s details would be passed on to Mr Byrne’s office.
TALKBACK: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she has told Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne more consultation is needed on net-free fishing zones.