In the past week, I have had someone ask me about online about the state of boat ramps in the area. The enquiry related to the Coffs Harbour ramp.

The good news is that Labor is conscious of the state of boat ramps across the country. And should Labor win government, we will establish a fund to upgrade boat ramps. See the statement below…

A Shorten Labor Government will make recreational fishing more enjoyable, safer and more accessible by investing $10 million over five years in a Supporting Recreational Fishing Fund.

Many of the existing boat ramps are inadequate for today’s needs – they are often single lane, resulting in long queues and competition for spots on the launches. Others may be unable to be used at low tide, meaning use is restricted further.

Labor’s Fund will primarily go to helping local councils upgrade existing boat ramps and build new ones, meaning shorter queues and easier access to the water. Labor’s investment could support around 40 upgrades across the country.

Labor’s Fund is all about helping recreational fishers spend less time waiting to get on the water and more time doing what they love with friends and family.

Nationwide, an estimated 3.4 million Australians take part in fishing annually, contributing around $1.8 billion to the national economy and employing 90,000 Australians.

Recreational fishing is Australia’s fourth most popular activity, and Labor wants to make sure it continues to be an enjoyable pastime for everyone who fishes.

Updated :1 September 2018