The Shooters, Fishers & Famers Party Tasmania cautiously welcomes the Liberal Government recent $2.2M injection pledge into the freezing inland fishing licences to 2017-18 levels over four years.
This a positive acknowledgement by the Liberal Government that the SFFP Inland Fishery Policy submitted to them in December last year was the way forward to save and restore our fisheries. It is clear that the fear of political ramifications for the outdoorsmen/women of this State has shocked them into action. As far as we are aware, this is the first time, we have had a government to make an election pledge to improve conditions for fishers.
Shooters, Fisheries & Farmers Party will continue to push for to preserve the traditional Tasmanian outdoor way of life and will hold Government accountable for commitments given.
However, it falls well short of solving all the issues with IFS, Inland Fisheries Services.
SFFP will insist the public owned purpose-built hatchery at New Norfolk be re commissioned and a comprehensive plan to restore the last truly disease free “wild brown” fishery in the world. The recent Atlantic salmon contamination of Penstock lagoon and the possible tainting of Lake Crescent and Dee Lagoon well renowned blue-ribbon trout fisheries are an irrefutable argument for IFS to take control of the stocking program.
There should be double the amount of funding allocated to fisheries, aged pensioners should be able to access free fishing licences, the river Derwent should have more fishing pontoons to enable the elderly and young better access to fishing the river.
There should be more funding into providing toilets and other facilities in the lakes areas. Much has been promised before, and nothing delivered.
SFFP will continue to push for to preserve the traditional Tasmanian outdoor way of life and will hold Government s accountable for commitments given.
We hope these election commitments are not just more hollow promises. The only way to hold them to account is to vote Shooters, Fishers & Farmers Party Tasmania on March 3rd.
Wayne Turale Chair, Shooters, Fishers & Farmers Party Tasmania