Rocky MP slams net-free ‘ambivalence’ of Cap Enterprise
CAPRICORN Enterprise and its chair have come under fire in Queensland Parliament over net-free fishing zones.
Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne said the tourism organisation and its chair Graham Scott had been "ambivalent" towards the new policy.
The three new net-free fishing zones were implemented near Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns.
"The comments from the chair of Capricorn Enterprises, Mr Graham Scott, suggest that he supported both concepts - a concept of nets in net-free zones," Mr Byrne said on Wednesday.
"This confused approach - strangely similar to that carried by the LNP - is very different to the strong support from the Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Margaret Strelow and the regional council."
He said Cr Strelow said the region did not have any strong tourism element and there was almost no holiday or weekend destination tourism.
"This will represent a boon for local tourism and recreational and charter fishing," Mr Byrne said.
"The news that this government delivered on its commitment was widely welcomed by many in the community."
Mr Scott was unavailable for comment.