CALLS FOR RECREATIONAL FISHING SUBMISSIONS

CALLS FOR RECREATIONAL FISHING SUBMISSIONS

25 January 2010

The Nationals’ Member for Lismore Thomas George has today announced that an inquiry is underway into the benefits and opportunities that improved recreational fisheries may represent for fishing licence holders in NSW.

Mr George said the Select Committee on Recreational Fishing will examine NSW coastal and inland fishing and has opened the topic for public comment.

“Recreational fishing is a pass-time for many residents across the Lismore electorate,” Mr George said.

“These residents who know our state’s waterways can offer the Committee valuable input in regards to future changes that the NSW Government might make.

"There are over half a million recreational fishing licence holders in NSW so I encourage these residents who hold a licence to fish to submit their thoughts, particularly in regards to policy and regulation, management and advisory committees who oversee the state’s waterways.

Mr George said the terms of reference would assist recreational fishermen who wish to make a submission.

“There are many terms the Committee have highlighted which can help residents when putting together a submission.

“These terms help to paint a picture as to how recreational fishing impacts a community and what opportunities recreational fishing offers its residents, such as financial benefits or disadvantages.

“All submissions are to be presented to the Committee by Friday 19 March 2010 with a public hearing to be held during April to June which will provide opportunity for further comment.”

Submissions can be faxed to 9230 3416, posted to The Director, Select Committee on Recreational Fishing, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000, or emailed to fishinginquiry@parliament.nsw.gov.au

All submissions must address the terms of reference, which are available by phoning the Committee Secretary on 9230 3544 or online at www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/fishinginquiry or by contacting my office on 6621 3624.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577