Greens deal will hit Gold Coast fishing and tourism

17 Aug 2010 1:08 PMJann Stuckey

17 August 2010

QUEENSLAND’s fishing and tourism industries were under threat from Labor’s sneaky deal with The Greens to lock-up huge tracts of ocean off the Gold and Fraser Coasts.

LNP Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey said the Gold Coast was already suffering and hardly needed another ill-conceived plan with no thought for the damage to tourism, fishing and local jobs.

Ms Stuckey raised the deal in State parliament this morning, questioning the Primary Industries and Fisheries Minister what impact the further lock-up of vast areas of sea would have on local fishing and tourism operations.

“Has the Minister, at any time, asked for or seen any modelling of the damage this would cause the Queensland fishing and tourism industry,” Ms Stuckey asked.

“Or is the Minister turning a blind eye while his Federal colleagues do another sneaky preference deal with the Greens.”

Ms Stuckey said Minister Mulherin’s failure to answer proved the Bligh Labor government was not interested in standing up for local Gold Coast businesses and jobs.

“This is about Labor and The Greens’ desire to decimate commercial and recreational fishing by flagging over 13,000 square kilometres of area off the Fraser Coast and over 3000 square kilometres of the Gold Coast as future Marine Protected Areas.

“This has nothing to do with saving the environment, but everything to do with saving the jobs of Julia Gillard and her ALP mates with the support of Bob Brown, his candidates and their preferences this Saturday.”

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919