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Peter Walsh MP:
Laborís Price Hikes have less, not more, Victorians Fishing
Target One Million program just isnít working.
By Portal Admin - 5th May 2019 - Back to News
Reports today show the Andrews Governmentís Target One Million program just isnít working.
Instead of moving towards one million people fishing by 2020, the number of recreational fishers has sunk by 35,520 since Target One Million launched in 2015.
Figures from the Victorian Fisheries Authority show a 12 per cent drop in recreational fishing licence (RFL) sales, from 294,051 in 2015-16 to 258,531 in 2017-18.
It follows the Andrews Governmentís up to 66 per cent hike in licence fees at July 1, 2016.
Today, the Andrews Government was in denial with Fishing and Boating Minister Jaala Pulford claiming the RFL figures are "not an accurate reflection of fishing participation".
But all anglers are legally required to have a licence while fishing, with exemptions only for people under 18 and over 70 years of age, for traditional owners, and for holders of some concession cards.
Comment attributable to Shadow Minister for Fishing and Boating Tim Bull
Laborís wading around for excuses when it should be providing recreational fishers with an explanation on why itís failing to deliver, despite spending $46 million.
For Jaala Pulford to question the accuracy of her own departmentís figures shows just how desperate Labor is to hide the truth Ė Laborís fishing license price hikes have caused Target One Million to flounder.
Recreational fishing provides so much both socially and economically for communities in Regional Victoria, but under Labor less, not more, Victorians are taking part.
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