‘Greedy” is the word Opposition Fisheries Spokesman Dale Last is using today to describe the state’s hefty increases to fishing permits.
Mr Last says the government has turned its sights to ripping-off fishing families and pensioners after they nearly tripled the cost of freshwater fishing permits.
The permit charge changes means that families were now being slugged at least $100 for a fishing permit that cost $36 last year.
He says a pensioner couple was now expected to fork out $72, up from $36, for a permit as a result of Labor’s shameless cash grab.
“Be careful if you plan on throwing in a line at one of the state’s 63 freshwater dams, especially if you don’t have the correct permit.”
“You can bet Labor will have inspectors out-and-about ready to fine you so they can line their pockets.”
The freshwater fishing licence, otherwise known as the Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme, fee was meant to raise funds for restocking dams with fingerlings.
“The peak representative group, the Freshwater Fishing and Stocking Association of Queensland, was totally opposed, but they have been arrogantly ignored by under-performing Minister Donaldson.” Mr Last said.
“Labor’s justification the scheme is being expanded to 63 dams is a nonsense because there are only so many dams you can fish over a weekend or two.”
“No one was against reasonable increases in-line with CPI rises, but what the greedy Palaszczuk Labor Government is doing is unfair, anti-families and anti-pensioner couples.”
*A map of the state’s 63 freshwater dams can be found here