A disallowance motion in the upper house of WA Parliament was defeated on Thursday, upholding a McGowan Government decision to ban fishing at Denmark’s idyllic Greens Pool.
Almost 1000 people signed a petition to protect the popular sanctuary prior to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly’s announcement of the ban and The Greens (WA) fisheries and marine spokesperson Diane Evers claimed the decision as a win for the community.
Ms Evers, who voted to uphold the ban, welcomed a result that would see the popular location maintained as a family-friendly swimming spot.
Ms Evers had been liaising with the community prior to the announcement of the ban in December last year and said the feedback following the rejection of the disallowance motion has been unanimously supportive.
A fishing ban maintains the marine environment for public appreciation, without the risk of interaction with fishing lines and spear guns.
Greens Pool, a centrepiece of William Bay National Park, is situated between Denmark and Walpole and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year.
QUOTES ATTRIBUTED TO DIANE EVERS MLC:
“Greens Pool is a world-class natural tourist destination and asset to the south coast and the State and I was pleased to support the ban placed on all fishing at Greens Pool.
“Living in the South West and having enjoyed Greens Pool many times in the past, I recognise that this change creates a sanctuary that can be safely enjoyed by local residents and the many visitors.
“I am committed to protecting our marine and coastal biodiversity and support the ecologically sustainable management of marine environments that reduce the pressure from human activities.
“While I appreciate the place recreational fishing has within our society, these protective measures are being placed on a very small and very significant, part of the southern coast.
“The benefit to the community is great and there remain many alternative opportunities available to recreational fishers.
“I would point to the consultation process in particular as evidence of this, as 10 per cent of local voters signed the petition to support the ban.
“That is a significant sample size and there was no equivalent depth of opposition.
“Sometimes common sense wins out and in this case I’m delighted this is the outcome.”
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Hon. Diane Evers
MLC for South West
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