SURPRISED AT LACK OF SHARK PROTECTION IN THE WHITSUNDAYS
HAVING lived 30 years on the Capricorn Coast, I recently moved to Airlie to better take advantage of its marine tourism culture. I am surprised at the lack of shark protection here. There are drum lines all along the 20km of Cap. Coast, often catching large tiger sharks with no attacks in this time, compared to 7 attacks here. With far more people in the water here, why are there no drum lines that have been so effective elsewhere.
There is a huge ocean out there for sharks, why not give humans the priority in close to the beach, where our livelihoods depend on marine tourism?
Out of the 368 drum lines along the Queensland coast swim beaches, according to Fisheries data, only two dozen by-catch animals are caught by
them each year, with half of these released alive. The dozen or so that die, are large predatory fish. Put this against the annual catch of 200 or so tiger sharks, many over 2.5 meters, in close to swimming beaches.
The ocean was created for all of us, not just the fish! Shane Newell,
Airlie Beach IRRIGATION WATER PRICES TO INCREASE UNDER LABOR
IRRIGATION customers will be picking up the bill for the state’s dam safety and flood mitigation costs through price increases on water if the Palaszczuk Labor Government gets its way through the Queensland Competition Authority review.
The inclusion of dam safety and flood mitigation costs in the referral notice to the QCA for its review of irrigation water pricing will have significant implications for Queensland farmers.
The LNP is extremely concerned that Annastacia Palaszczuk has opened the door to significant water price increases.
Early estimates show that given the significant dam safety costs in the pipeline for regional irrigation schemes, some price increases will put in jeopardy the future of irrigation in certain regions.
The LNP is calling on Labor to rule out passing on these costs.
Unfortunately, this is just the
latest move from a Labor Government so anti-farmer and out of touch that it would even consider including the ballooning costs of dam safety and flood mitigation into the price of water.
Whether it’s creating barriers to water access through high electricity and water costs or just removing the water altogether, Labor’s agenda hurts rural and regional Queensland.
The difference between this Labor Government and a Deb Frecklington LNP Government could not be clearer.
While Labor is pulling down Queensland’s dams and making water unaffordable, the LNP is committed to building new dams and
providing affordable water to grow our regions.
The LNP will develop of a 30-year water security plan for Queensland in consultation with Seqwater, Sunwater and local governments and establish a mechanism for reviewing the current price targets. Dale Last,
Shadow Natural Resources Minister