Guley shares party fishing policy
RECREATIONAL fishermen have yet another political party policy to look over.
But it's not one that is set in stone.
Australian Party Rockhampton candidate Shane Guley was out talking to the community on Saturday about the party's fishing and outdoor policy to get a feel for what they think of the proposals.
The first point of the policy shows the party wants to declare net-free or recreational-only fishing areas around all large cities and towns on the coast and smaller communities if they want one.
"We are not going to force it on anyone, but that's what we are about - asking the people," Mr Guley said.
The second point is to declare tailor, Australian salmon and all trevally species to be recreational fish only.
"Those are the species that we feel need to be a bit protected," Mr Guley said.
The third point is to develop freshwater fisheries to a higher standard to grow regional tourism.
Mr Guley said that was about stocking dams with fingerlings such as barramundi and yellowbelly.
The fourth and final fishing point of the policy is the party wanting to allow recreational fishing with one line and one hook in selected green zones in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park where there is no threat to biodiversity.
Mr Guley said that point came from consultation with fishing groups and the party felt there was enough room in certain areas of the green zone for recreational fishing with one line and one hook.
He said while these were part of party policies, members of the Australian Party did not have to stick with them, allowing the members to stand up for what voters wanted.
For more information, visit the party's website at www.ausparty.org.au.
- Fixing the Yeppen crossing bridge and the congestion problem in Rockhampton.
- Establish a new high school and shopping centre in Gracemere.
- Building weirs, dams and off-stream storages to enhance water conservation.
- Getting a fairer share of mining royalties.
- Developing schemes to increase employment for local indigenous population.
- Protecting our primary industries.