The Palaszczuk Labor Government is effectively saying ‘charter boat, what charter boat?’ with its lack of assistance for the hundreds of Queensland charter fishing businesses struggling to stay afloat in the COVID-19 lockdown.
Charter businesses were still having to pay license fees and charges despite having their boats tied up.
Queensland’s charter boating operators have been left high and dry by Labor.
It is completely unacceptable to demand cash from charter boat operators while they are unable to trade.
With no timeline for winding back restrictions, many of these businesses will simply not have the money to pay these fishing license fees.
The LNP is listening to charter fishing operators and we’re calling for an urgent license fee waiver.
It is extremely disappointing that, just like commercial fishers, most charter boat operators have been overlooked for coronavirus assistance and support.
The LNP has very real concerns that there won’t be a charter fishing industry left in Queensland, unless Labor offers some assistance.
Charter fishing operators need to be consulted and offered a sensible solution – starting with waiving state license fees and charges while this crisis lasts.
LNP Shadow Fisheries Minister Tony Perrett