Recfishwest Disappointed to Learn of Licence Increase

We have just heard from the Minister for Fisheries that all of your fishing licences will be going up by $5 as of July 8.

This is an outcome of a Government review of Fees and Charges, announced today, which has also seen other increases in day to day expenses for West Aussies.

RFW are disappointed with this increase. This is the first we have heard of it and were not consulted on it.

We have spoken directly to the Minister this afternoon seeking assurance that programs such as the RFIF (Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund) are not going to be lost as an outcome of this review, with Minister Kelly confirming funding to the RFIF and RFW will not be impacted.

Recfishwest will be working hard to ensure every cent of the additional $1 million the government will receive from this increase delivers maximum benefit to the fishing community who are paying.

It’s important that the community have clarity on government expenditure we expect that the Premiers promised “gold standard of transparency” as continually spruiked by the new Government, is also applied to fishing licence revenues.

What this means:
Fishing from Boat Licences will increase to $35, with all other licences increasing to $45.Current concession discounts will remain.

If you renew your fishing licences before July 8 2017, you’ll avoid the increase.