FAMILY First Candidate for Dawson Damian Herrington is committed to keeping the coastline open to recreational fishing.
This was one of the main issues raised with shoppers at Centro Whitsunday Shopping Centre during Mr Herrington's election campaign visit on Saturday.
“Fishing is an important part of life for families, here in the north, and I'm not about to let the extreme Greens take that away from us,” he said.
“Australian Greens leader Bob Brown's announcement that he would seek a 100 per cent ban on fishing across nearly one million square-kilometres of the Coral Sea will be the end of many small businesses that depend on the commercial fishing industry to support their families,” Mr Herrington said.
“Recreational fishing is also important for family formation; it provides a good excuse for Dad to spend time with the kids, doing something that they all enjoy.
“His [Bob Brown's] plan will greatly affect us in Airlie Beach,” he said.
In response, Greens Party candidate for Dawson Jonathon Dykyj said this was a misrepresentation of the policy.
“Here in the Whitsundays there will be no change to fishing whatsoever; elsewhere it is being proposed that 30 percent of the Coral Sea marine park be excluded from fishing as well as other activities like oil and gas drilling.
“I'm sure that once people look at the policy and look at the facts, they'll realise the Greens are trying to get the balance right for future generations,” Mr Dykyj said.
Mr Herrington said the other main issue raised at Centro on Saturday was the importance of infrastructure to tourism, in particular the upgrade of main street, Airlie Beach.
“The main street in Airlie Beach has to be aesthetically pleasing and has to be workable,” he said.
“Congestion is something that is going to stump tourism.
“It's got to look like its progressive.”
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