Recreational fishing and boating is part of the Tasmanian way of life, and a re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will implement a number of practical actions to improve accessibility of our waterways and make it easier for Tasmanians to wet a line.
If re-elected, we will provide $2.2 million over three years to expand and enhance parking facilities and identify overflow parking opportunities at key fishing sites such as Coles Bay, Swansea, Burns Bay at St Helens, and Pirates Bay at Eaglehawk Neck.
We know the lack of parking at popular fishing and boat launch sites is a source of frustration for many Tasmanians who simply want to enjoy their days fishing and boating, and this investment will ease the frustration and lead to more parking at these sites.
We will also invest to make it easier for Tasmanians to fish from the shore, which will provide easier access to land-based recreational fishing sites for families, seniors and Tasmanians living with disability.
A re-elected majority Liberal Government will provide $700,000 over four years to improve access to all jetties and $685,000 to replace derelict jetties around the popular Georges Bay area.
We will also invest $250,000 for a Bridport Foreshore Masterplan to investigate what future infrastructure upgrades are needed to support the growing number of recreational fishers and boaters to the area.
And, we know that cost of living is a concern for every Tasmanian, so we will freeze the existing inland trout fishing licences at 2017-18 prices for the next four years.
This is a great result that will mean more money in the pockets of recreational fishers and boaters to enjoy their favourite pastime.
We will also consult with fishers regarding the construction of two artificial reef structures in Tasmania, with one located off the North West coast and the other in Storm Bay in the South.
In addition to this, we will purchase and manage the installation of four new Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs) to provide a new range of fishing options for recreational fishers, including anglers and charter operators.
We want to give Tasmanians more locations and opportunities to cast a line and enjoy this Tasmanian tradition, and these initiatives will improve catch opportunities and provide a range of new fishing locations around the State for recreational fishers to enjoy.
Other initiatives that will be enacted under our policy include:
– Providing funding of $620,000 over four years to support TARFish, the independent body representing the interests of recreational, saltwater marine fishers in Tasmania;
– Working with Tourism Tasmania to promote the State as an inland and recreational fishing destination; and
– Provide MAST with over $1 million in funding for safety initiatives around the State that will better protect boat owners and fishers.
This policy will make a real difference in the lives of Tasmanian recreational fishers and boaters, and only a re-elected majority Liberal Government will deliver it.
By contrast, Labor’s policy fails to recognise the recreational fishing sector and has only committed to “conduct a review” into the effectiveness of TARFish.
The evidence is clear. Only a re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will support this favourite Tasmanian pastime and take recreational fishing and boating in Tasmania to the next level.
To read more about our policy to take recreational fishing and boating to the next level go to: http://bit.ly/RecFishingAndBoating