Letter to the Editor (Labor won't return all boating licence fees back into better boating infrastructure)

Thursday 6 December 2018


Dear Editor,

All boating licence fees should be returned back into better infrastructure for Victorian fishers and boaters.

On October 31, Labor matched our commitment to return 100 per cent of boat licence fees back into better facilities, but barely a month later Daniel Andrews has already reeled in his promise.

The Victorian Government collects more than $27 million annually in boating fees, but Labor’s budgeted costings show they’ll return just $9.5 million each year.

It’s a massive shortfall and a massive disappointment for regional Victorians.

The ‘ramp rage’ campaign and lobbying from Victoria’s peak fishing and boating groups, including VRFish and the Boating Industry Association of Victoria, have made it clear Victorians want a fair share, instead of the scraps Labor’s offering up.

In the lead up to the 2018 State Election, Daniel Andrews told Victorians: “I say what I do, and I do what I say”.

But that doesn’t include delivering for Victoria’s recreational fishers and boaters.



Peter Walsh

Member for Murray Plains

Leader of The Nationals

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