Recreational Fishing to be Boosted
More Artificial Reef and Improved Boat Ramps
28 January 2015
The waters of Moreton Bay are set to become an even better place to fish, with the LNP Government committed to increasing artificial reef coverage.Moreton Bay is renowned for its top fishing spots, and additional reef coverage will create recreational opportunities for locals, attract more tourists and support local jobs in the Wellington Point and Cleveland areas.
The LNP is committing to deliver a $300,000 increase to artificial reef coverage in the Wellington Point/Cleveland area of Moreton Bay, to provide more opportunities for recreational fishing.
The LNP Government has supported recreational fishers through the $50 million Marine Infrastructure Fund, including $2 million for artificial reefs that boost fish stocks.
The Queensland Government has already established six artificial reefs in the Moreton Bay Marine Park, including the recent scuttling of a former barge on Harry Atkinson Reef. This addition to the reef network will help improve fishing for locals and visitors.
It has been my privilege to represent the anglers and boaties of the Cleveland Electorate in the Queensland Parliament and to deliver more reef and better ramp facilities.
Already $1 million has been committed to the new boat ramp at William St, Cleveland (already built) with floating walkways soon to come, and a resurfacing upgrade of the boat ramp at Wellington Point.
Reef balls have also been added to the artificial reefs of West Peel and Coochie. Upon re-election I will continue to deliver a better fishing experience to rec fishers and boaties and ensure we are fishing sustainably without any more Labor-Green lockouts.
The scheduled review of rec fishing in Moreton Bay will provide an opportunity for a proper investigation of the science behind Labor’s bans and whether the resultant displaced fishing effort is damaging our rec fishing stocks.
The only way to protect our recreational fishing is to vote 1 LNP.