Premier heeds need for talks on net bans

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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.

PHOTO: MARA PAT­TI­SON-SOW­DEN

TALK­BACK: Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk says she has told Fish­eries Min­is­ter Bill Byrne more con­sul­ta­tion is needed on net-free fish­ing zones.

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