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Cuts to fees and red tape for Clarence fishing families

Clarence professional fishermen will save some time and money thanks to two new initiatives from the NSW Government, according to Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis.

“For fishers and charter operators in bushfire affected areas like ours, the Government has decided to waive the second instalment of management charges which was due on February 29. Businesses that have already paid will receive a credit on their account,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“These businesses have been hurt by the fires with restricted access both to where they fish from and where they sell their catch, so it is only fair the Government cuts them a break.”

More information is available from the NSW Department of Primary Industries on 1300 720 662.

Mr Gulaptis said the Government were also undertaking a review of fishing industry regulations, with a view to slashing red tape.

“This will be achieved by identifying any commercial fishing regulations that may no longer be necessary or impede business efficiency and profitability,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“The people who know best which regulations are pointless are the people who have to comply with them and that is why the Government is seeking feedback from stakeholders including those in the Clarence and Richmond Valley. 

To make a submission, or for more information on the review, visit 

Submissions close 1 May 2020.