Simone Wilson Member for Pumicestone Chat on 101.5 2018-12-03
Topics for discussion:
- Simone’s call for ban on shellfish collection at Sandstone Point
Background: On 14 November 2018 Simone issued a media release outlining the following:
State Member for Pumicestone, Simone Wilson has called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to instigate an immediate total ban on shellfish collection off Sandstone Point until the issue of illegal pillaging is addressed.
“In Queensland, you can only legally take and keep 50 shellfish at one time but unfortunately there are people who think they can get away with taking hundreds of shellfish from our waters at any given time and they are getting away with it”, Ms Wilson said.
“This is a particular issue off Sandstone Point where groups of people are frequently seen pillaging large numbers of shellfish and despite raising this issue with the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Mark Furner, nothing has been done to address it”.
“This week I made a point to speak personally to the Minister and I called on him to take affirmative action by placing a total ban on shellfish collection at Sandstone Point until a plan is in place to monitor the illegal pillaging activity”.
Ms Wilson said that many concerned residents have contacted her about this issue and even sent her pictures showing the pillaging at Sandstone Point by large groups of individuals.
“There is cold hard evidence of mass groups of people pillaging from our shores and it’s as if they don’t care about the law or protecting our precious marine life,” Ms Wilson said
“They are getting their cargo and seem brazen enough to return on the same day to pillage all over again, even bringing their children along to take part in this illegal activity”, Ms Wilson said.
“It has reached a point of now needing to place a total ban on shellfish collection off Sandstone Point until the State Government works out how it intends to fix this problem,”
“Whatever may be preventing this illegal activity from being addressed needs to be sorted by the Minister before our waters become thread bare of shellfish” Ms Wilson said.
Ms Wilson encourages anyone who sees illegal pillaging taking place to immediately report it to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries by calling the 24-hour Fishwatch Hotline on 1800 017 116.
Since this time, the Qld Govt has released a survey which we think is pretty crazy. Quite scientific and as you will see they expect people to distinguish between a pipi, gastropod and bivalve mollusc!
Current status is Govt is still considering placing a ban but is looking broader than Sandstone Point at the entire Moreton Bay area.
- 4WD’ing on Bribie Beach – Drive only at low tide mark, if you bring it take it (rubbish), hones stay off the dunes
- Christmas Events around electorate - Simone will be attending a number of Christmas Carol’s events (Toorbul, Sandstone Point, Bribie Island and Beachmere) and has supported these events both financially and with donations of Santa Suits (Toorbul and Beachmere)