Legislative Council: Tuesday, May 30, 2023


Southern Zone Rock Lobster Fishery

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (15:19): Supplementary question: has the minister met with any of the southern zone rock lobster industry representatives about this issue, and when was the decision communicated to licence holders?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (15:19): I have had a number of meetings and other communications with various stakeholders—and I think I have said in this place before that I don't think it's appropriate to name each of them and so on—but I think it's clear, given that the commitment was for a one-year fee relief, it would be fair to say that they knew over a year ago that that is what it would be for. I am not sure if the fee notices have gone out as yet but, if not, they will be going out in the very near future.