Fisherman catches Premier’s attention
THE Queensland Premier has heeded a second-generation professional fisherman's call to consult his industry about commercial net fishing.
The Sunshine Coast resident named Ben phoned ABC radio while Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was taking calls from listeners on Wednesday.
He questioned why the government had not consulted with professional fisherman about plans to implement net-free zones off Cairns, Mackay and the Capricorn Coast.
More than 5000 people signed petitions calling on State Parliament to block legislation to instigate the three zones.
The petitioners argued the zones would impact regional employment and access to fresh, local seafood.
Ms Palaszczuk said she had made it very clear to Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne that more consultation was needed.
She said many locals from Yeppoon, on the Capricorn Coast, had approached her about the issue when she and her fellow ministers were in nearby Rockhampton for a community cabinet in May.
The Premier said Ben's details would be passed on to Mr Byrne's office for further discussion.
- APN NEWSDESK