October 4, 2016
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington says she has been contacted by local anglers concerned about the rise in the cost of freshwater fishing permits.
She said families were being slugged at least $100 for a fishing permit that cost $36 last year.
A pensioner couple will now pay $72, up from $36.
“The Wondai Social Fishing Club wrote to me expressing their concerns that the new fees were brought in with very little if any consultation with fishing clubs or the general public,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“They are concerned that this rise could reduce their membership as the club comprises mostly pensioners who may be unable to pay double the price for a freshwater fishing permit each year.
“Following this complaint, more complaints poured in and it is obvious families and pensioners are feeling fairly ripped-off by the increase.
“Freshwater fishing in our local dams is an important tourism and recreational activity for our region and I’m really disappointed Labor is targeting our local families and pensioners in this way.
“I am keen to hear from as many people as possible about the impact the rise is having on them.”