RAMPS, ARTIS & HAVENS FOR MORETON BAY

Mark Robinson MP

State Member for Cleveland

2 April, 2015

 

Member for Cleveland stated today that he would keep working on behalf of boaties and recreational fishers in the new Queensland Parliament to deliver more marine infrastructure, artificial reef and a Recreational Fishing Haven for Moreton Bay.

“As a coastal Moreton Bay seat, Cleveland has a comparatively high proportion of boat owners and recreational fishers,” Dr Robinson said.

“I have had good opportunity to meet many rec fishers as a member of local fishing clubs and at major events like the Tinnie & Tackle Show, Gold Coast Marine Expo and as a sponsor of the Wilson Moreton Bay Fishing Challenge run on the Queen’s Birthday June long weekend at Redland Bay Amateur Fishing Club.

“It is through this contact with local rec fishers over the last 6 years that I have grown in my understanding of the local issues important to rec fishers.

“The personal contact and good ole fishing yarns, as well as staying in touch with the latest fisheries research has helped as I have sought to represent rec fishers in the Queensland Parliament.

“As a member of the LNP Government I was able to secure over $1 million funding over the last 3 years from the LNP’s Marine Infrastructure Fund. The funds built a new boat ramp at Raby Bay [see photo] (and floating walkways to come), upgraded the Wellington Point Boat Ramp [see photo], provided new artificial reef for West Peel and Coochie reefs (in the form of reef balls), and sunk a barge to extend Harry Atkinson reef, with further funding in the 2014-15 State Budget to build a new artificial reef in the inshore waters of Wellington Point.

“While the Government has changed in Queensland, I will continue to be a voice for the recreational fishers and boaties of Moreton Bay in the State Parliament.

“I will continue to do all that I can to see a Recreational Fishing Haven established in Moreton Bay. Several versions of Havens, ROFAs and Net-Free Areas have been suggested over the last 6 years, but the latest Sunfish proposal is the best I have seen and has least impact upon commercial fishing activities.

“I am always more than happy to receive communications from fishers in relation to fishing issues in Moreton Bay”, Dr Robinson said.

“Tight lines.

 

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Contact: Mark Robinson MP 07 32862726cleveland@parliament.qld.gov.au