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Fishing industry organisation saved by federal funds.



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Senator Ron Boswell National Party - Qld

FISHING INDUSTRY ORGANISATION SAVED BY FEDERAL FUNDS

29 March 2006

“The federal Environment Minister’s offer of $200,000 to the Queensland Seafood Industry Organisation (QSIA) will save the voice of Queensland’s fishing industry,” said The Nationals’ Leader in the Senate, Senator Ron Boswell today.

“I welcome Senator Ian Campbell’s timely announcement that the Australian government will support QSIA by providing an immediate grant of $50,000 with a further conditional $150,000.”

“The QSIA performs an essential role in representing Queensland fishers. There are so many issues where they must be informed and consulted with by all levels of government. Without the QSIA, the fishers and their families would not have a voice in all the environmental and business negotiations - even the impact of cyclone Larry.”

“I have worked with the QSIA and its predecessors for 23 years so I was happy to support their urgent need for funds to keep them going and assist them towards self-sufficiency. Together with other Coalition members, we were successful in gaining the Environment Minister’s rescue package.”

“The further $150,000 payment is conditional upon endorsement by the industry of the new structure, a pathway to self-sufficiency, effective governance arrangements and identification of member services.”

Senator Boswell called on the Queensland government to provide matching funding.

“The Queensland state government has the primary responsibility for fisheries management. They also caused a significant impact on the QSIA with the shift from compulsory to voluntary membership as a consequence of Qld state legislation.”

“The Queensland government should really pay its way on this one.”