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Western Australia Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly

Strong Support For Western Australia’s New International Lobster Festival

Victor P Taffa

  • McGowan Government appoints a working group to progress plans for Western Australia first-ever event
  • Submissions open for industry and community to progress lobster festival plans
  • Strong support from businesses, councils and the community for the McGowan Government’s plan to grow the industry for greater community benefit
  • Industry development plan to create up to 500 Western Australia jobs, many in regional areas

Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly has today called for submissions from industry and the community to progress plans for Western Australia’s first-ever international lobster festival.

A working group for the international lobster festival has also been established.

“This is an incredibly exciting festival for Western Australia that will celebrate our delicious community-owned lobster resource and be a huge drawcard for international tourists.” Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly said.

“We have had strong interest from coastal communities with links to the lobster industry to play a role in this festival, from as far north as Geraldton to as far south as Mandurah.”

Lobster festival was announced earlier this month as part of an innovative plan to grow the western rock lobster industry to achieve greater benefit from this community-owned resource for everyday Western Australians.

Minister Kelly held the first meeting of interested parties, including industry and local governments, in which a working group was appointed to provide advice to government on the establishment of the festival and what is needed to make it a world-class event.

WA Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly









Representatives from the Australian Hotels Association, Tourism Council WA and the Western Australian Local Government Authority have been appointed to the working group to collaborate with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Submissions today opened for local government, industry and the community to provide input on how they think the festival would work best and to help government determine the best location for this exciting new festival.

Submissions will close on February 7, 2019.



WA                 Western Australia


Western Rock Lobster


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