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Time for change, time for the people to take back their power!

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ELECTION ADVERTISING

For the past two (2) weeks, we have been subjected to increased advertising from all the major parties. Makes me wonder why they are not putting their marketing budgets to better use; especially where they could be helping our community by donating a medical stretcher to a sporting organisation, offering to pay fees for children wanting to play sport who are from poor backgrounds, putting money into the SES or a community support group or charity, just to name a couple of options?

Without doubt we will be inundated this week by further marketing mediums – remember Actions speak louder than words!

GRUBBINESS OF POLITICS

This week I experienced the grubbiness of politics on many levels. Firstly those that think they can intimidate me or feel bullying me will win my confidence on their issue or respect, they are sadly mistaken. Several people have tried to break my spirit – but it is because I don’t permit others to have that much power over me that they are unsuccessful. I must have hit some nerves!
If anyone has something to say to me, it is better being respectfully delivered and providing evidence to the contrary. I am all prepared to say I was wrong, if that is the case. To date this has not been proven. I’m always the first one to say I’m wrong if need be. Unless you have something to contribute that is beneficial to the good folk of Hervey Bay please don’t waste your time, mine or theirs, because that is who I work for.
I find the only people that don’t like, bully or run me down are dishonest and ‘like attracts like’. I soon notice who their friends are and know to steer clear! My dearly departed Mum would always say “show me your company and I will tell you what you are”. “Birds of a feather flock together”.
Negative, disrespectful and negative behaviours / communication will not be tolerated at any level nor are they in the best interest for the positive and much needed new direction of Hervey Bay. I cannot stress how important it is to change the behaviour of politics.

RECREATIONAL FISHING WILL HAVE MY SUPPORT

Our unique natural asset should be a tourist mecca but is being ‘managed’ to the detriment of recreational fishers and tourism, so that a small number of commercial fishers and associated
businesses might benefit.

There are NO fish species commercially caught in the Great Sandy Strait that cannot be sourced elsewhere.

Fishermen and tourists are well informed. Increasingly they are traveling to regions with Net Free Areas because there is an abundance of fish there.

The Fraser Coast desperately needs a sustainable economic boost. Other regions such as Northern Territory are reaping the benefit of the economic multiplier effect that recreational fishing readily offers with low input costs.

The estimated value of recreational fishing on the Fraser Coast [as at December 2011] is: $203,812,337 [made up of $66,962,378 per year going fishing and visiting recreational fishers
spending $136,849,959 on accommodation] PLUS an additional $177,965,336 of capital equipment.
Every time an angler goes out on the Urangan Pier there is $31 in economic value contributed to our local region.

Every time a boating angler goes out of the Urangan Harbour or from one of our boat ramps, there is $71 in economic value contributed to our local region.

The Great Sandy Marine Park is the ONLY marine park in Australia (probably the world) that allows unrestricted commercial gill-netting to take place in Conservation Zones.

Not only is this happening in a World Heritage listed area , it is also happening in a declared RAMSAR Site, a dugong protection area, a major turtle ecosystem, as well as the recent declaration in the Great Sandy Biosphere.

In the Fraser Coast region, catch rates for anglers have dropped from 7.8 fish landed per person per trip in 1986 to 0.81 fish per person per trip in 2003 . This is the most current research but concerns are that this decline continues even further today.

The majority of commercial fishers comply with regulations. However, there are many practices that are exploitative, questionable and almost impossible for the Fisheries officers to police.
Recreational fishers have my support for the following reasons:

  1. Removing inshore commercial netting is critical to the value-chain of our local economy
  2. Restoring fish numbers in the inshore waters of the Fraser Coast for:
  3. Beach fishing – more of the family’s ‘bread & butter fish’ of whiting, bream and flathead
  4. Pier fishing – keeping kids off the streets with whiting, flathead, mackerel and bream
  5. Estuary fishing – restoring iconic sports-fish such as barramundi and threadfin salmon, as
  6. well as grunter and jew
  7. Rebuilding our local Reef, Rock and Offshore fish stocks for a diverse fishing experience
  8. Protecting – dugongs, turtles, dolphins and whales

Tourism

  1. Fraser Coast tourism inflow, drawing visitors that would have gone to other Australian
  2. and overseas fishing destinations that have Net Free Areas
  3. Complementing whale watching which is only 3 months per year and has come under pressure from competition
  4. Re-opening the eco-tourism opportunities without having to weave around commercial
  5. nets and belligerent pros
  6. Seizing the opportunity to build a world class destination for sports-fishing

Businesses that benefit from Tourism

  1. Energised and growing tourism related businesses such as:
  2. Accommodation – motels & apartments
  3. Food services – restaurants, hotels, cafes and take-away
  4. Transport, vehicle and boat hiring services
  5. Air and water transport fuel, bait & chandleries
  6. Travel agency and tour operator services
  7. Arts, recreation and entertainment services

Retail trade

  1. Employment and the Local Economy
  2. Job creation and the underpinning of existing employment
  3. A positive ‘knock-on’ effect into other areas of our local economy
  4. Exploiting the multiplier effect to gain regional economic value
  5. Positive participation in the growth of regional Queensland
  6. Putting confidence back into the Fraser Coast
  7. High return for negligible initial cost

Communities all the way around the Qld coast have repeatedly requested waters close to their community centre be made off limits to gill net fishers. The practice of allowing industrial size gill nets in the middle of towns working right through the barramundi closed season has decimated fish stocks and affected recreational experience and tourism opportunities. There are 11 small areas identified and documented state wide requesting Net Free Areas (NFA’s). Other states and the Northern Territory have long recognised the importance of maintaining healthy fish stocks, Queensland has not.

Will release a more detailed report when time permits.

HERVEY BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – MEET THE CANDIDATES BREAKFAST

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