Fishwise Community Trust Fund Raided

Fishwise Community Trust Fund Raided

Tasmania Shadow Minister for Fisheries Rene Hidding

Government Must Reinstate Fishwise Funds

Victor P Taffa

The Tasmanian Liberals will pursue the State Government over the $160,000 removed from the state’s recreational fishers to ensure the future viability of the industry, according to Shadow Minister for Fisheries Rene Hidding.

“For too long the industry has been neglected by Labor and the Greens, with their actions now threatening its long-term future.”

“The Fishwise Community Trust Fund was established to provide funds from recreational fishing licence revenue to be used to provide local community grants and critical research to support sustainable recreational fishing.” Mr. Hidding said.

“Every one of the state’s recreational fishers is aware that their license fees, which were levied to go into the Fishwise fund, have been appropriated by the Fisheries Minister Bryan Green and this is simply not good enough.”

“The industry needs a Government that understands the massive contribution it makes to Tasmania, rather than continuing to take it for granted.” Mr. Hidding said.