The Turnbull Government has been called upon to take very seriously the concerns of Tasmanian recreational anglers as it assess an application to allow helicopter access to a remote fishing location in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said, “I have been contacted by local anglers who are opposed to the proposal.
“They are rightly concerned the proposal that is currently being assessed under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act, will significantly diminish the amenity of our remote fisheries.
“They are also equally concerned this proposal will affect the Tasmanian trout fisheries reputation as being accessible to anyone, simply by paying the relevant angling licence fee.
“Along with the various environmental concerns, this proposal would open up improved access to a select group of people who can afford it, while the average Tasmanian and visitor will be left to walk in.
“There is a real question of equity that potentially sets up double standards for people who wish to fish in Tasmania’s world renowned wilderness fisheries.
“Walking to access Tasmania’s wilderness fisheries has long been the established practice for local, interstate and overseas anglers.
“Tasmania’s professional trout guides do a fantastic job promoting our wilderness and wild trout fishery.
“However in this case access is being sought beyond what can be achieved by an average angler.
Justine Keay said, “I have also established an on line survey on my Facebook page to give Tasmanian anglers the opportunity to indicate their support or opposition to this proposal.
“I do support in principle well thought out projects that deliver greater tourism opportunities in Tasmania’s National Parks and World Heritage Areas.
“The Thousand Lakes Lodge in the Central Highlands and Pumphouse Point at Lake St Clair are two examples of sensible development.
“However in this instance I believe a cautionary approach is needed.”
WEDNESDAY, 2 MAY 2018
MEDIA CONTACTS: JOHN DOWLING (KEAY – 0417 575 148)
Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra