Anglers draw the line
CHRIS CLARE, of Lennox Head, was among the hundreds of protesters who rallied at Lennox Head on Saturday against the Cape Byron Marine Park draft planning scheme.
The rally co-ordinator, Mr Clare said there were many elements of the draft plan that fishers considered to be outrageously anti-recreational fishing.
"We want to make it clear that we will not be bulldozed into submission," he said.
Protesters came from the Richmond Valley and Tweed Heads for the rally and march, with Mr Clare saying about 200 boats on trailers and 500 fishers participated.
"This series of protest rallies is being held to ensure the State Government is aware of the anger that these proposals are generating in the community," he said.
Mr Clare said fishers believed that in order to garner Green support, a traditional outdoor recreational pursuit of ordinary Australians was being sacrificed by the Government.
Anger was also voiced over the issue of payment for recreational fishing licences.
"Recreational fishers responded favourably to the implementation of fishing licences, having been assured they would result in an enhanced recreational fishing environment," he said.
"We now find that having applied this impost, the NSW Government is seeking to withdraw even more of our rights." Mr Clare said that should their requests for reasonable compromise be unsuccessful, there would be calls for future civil disobedience in the form of a broad-based refusal by thousands of fishers to pay for and carry licences when fishing.
"We're making it clear that just with our rail link travesty, we will not forgive or forget should the current anti-recreational fishing aspects of the draft plan remain in place," he said.