Beef, fishing industries a worry

RICHMOND Liberal candidate Joan van Lieshout voiced her concern for the beef and fishing industries at the Banora Point Progress Association ‘meet the candidates' event on Monday night.

“The beef industry in Australia is going to go. It went in the UK. They said it was foot and mouth, but it wasn't. We have a world government that is selling us out. The only protein we have for the future is going to come from the sea,” Ms van Lieshout said at the event.

Ms van Lieshout yesterday said the Australian beef industry was in danger of becoming unsustainable and the fishing industry needed protection.

“The beef industry is at risk because of the importation of US beef. If the incumbent government does not support the industry we will have a beef industry like England and all of our protein will be coming from oversees imports,” Ms van Lieshout said.

“If the marine park ban goes ahead fisherman will suffer. People in the fishing industry know where to fish and they should be consulted about this.

“Employment in the fishing industry is at risk. People who derive their livelihood from that industry are in danger of losing their source of employment.”

Ms van Lieshout said the new marine park being proposed for the Far North Coast was not clear to residents.

“A lot of people don't understand what is going on in regards to the marine park ban. This is a lifestyle region and it will be severely affected if this goes ahead,” she said.

Richmond MP Justine Elliot said the Government was not considering a complete fishing ban for the entire NSW Far North Coast.

“A number of areas are being assessed for where marine protected areas should be established within them. This process was initiated under the Howard Government,” she said. “Tony Abbott has now abandoned this process, creating uncertainty for coastal community's right across Australia.”

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