SUR­PRISED AT LACK OF SHARK PRO­TEC­TION IN THE WHIT­SUN­DAYS

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

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

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