9 November 2016
Bill passes with recreational fishing interests included
Member for Northern Victoria Daniel Young today welcomed the passage of the Victorian Fisheries Authority Bill 2016 in Parliament this week, with the inclusion of his amendment to ensure recreational fishing sector interest will be included in any strategic plans to make fishing sustainable in Victoria.
The bill passed the Legislative Assembly this week, after the Legislative Council last month agreed to include Mr Young’s amendment requiring there are representatives on the authority board with knowledge of recreational fishing interests.
Mr Young’s amendment balanced another proposed by Member for the Southern Metropolitan Region David Davis to ensure representation of fishing industry operations. The bill provides the framework for the Victorian Fisheries Authority to operate as an independent body to promote fishing and fishing-related activities.
“Essentially, the Authority will take the bureaucratic operation of fishing management out of the state Agriculture Department and focus solely on making fishing better in Victoria,” Mr Young said. “My amendment specifically ensured recreational fishing stakeholder interests are equally and fully represented on the board of the authority. This will help fulfil the required level of skill, knowledge and experience board members will collectively need to properly govern and strategically plan for the Authority.”