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VRFISH - Media Release - Parks Victoria Ignores 550,000

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  1. User1

    User1 Active Member

    Aug 11, 2004

    Parks Victoria ignores 550,000 Victorians during consultation process

    VRFish, the peak recreational fishing body representing all recreational fishers in Victoria, is extremely disappointed in not being consulted during development of the Maribyrnong & Yarra Rivers Draft water and land access plan.

    The VRFish Chairman, Geoff Cramer, said “that recreational fishing is a key activity in the Maribyrnong and Yarra Rivers and it is extremely disappointing that we have been excluded from the consultation process. This is a major failure on behalf of Parks Victoria, that the peak body was not consulted!”

    The Two Rivers Plan has made reference to the economic contributions made by the commercial boating industry $10.1 million and the port activities $2 billion over 30 years, however the Two Rivers Plan failed to recognise the contributions made by the 550,000 Victorian recreational fishers who contribute more than $400 million annually and recreational boating activities which contribute more than $1.4 billion annually. It seems a poor choice to focus on the commercial sectors when recreational fishing and boating are far more significant users of the waters in question!

    If VRFish were included as a participant in the process during the consultation process that developed the Two Rivers Plan, we would have sought an inclusion along the lines of, “It is a strategic objective of the access plan that both land and water based access for the purposes of recreational fishing and boating be maintained, preserved and enhanced throughout the two rivers area”.

    We consider that in the context of our constituents’ equity, participation and economic contribution that such a high level objective should be part of the access plan.

    Chairman, Geoff Cramer concluded “that Parks Victoria needs to re-evaluate its consultation process, so that errors of this nature will not occur again. This is not the first time that VRFish and other stakeholders have been ‘overlooked’ by Parks Victoria during the consultation process.”
  2. Goodoo Dreaming

    Goodoo Dreaming New Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    Figures!!!! :mad:
  3. Tombowler76

    Tombowler76 EEEE OOORRR!

    Jan 11, 2007
    Dam tree huggers!:mad:

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