QLD opening up 31 new dams to rec fishing

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RECREATIONAL fishos in Queensland will have the chance to cast a line in an additional 31 dams and weirs from 1st July.

The Palaszczuk Government is almost doubling the number of stocked impoundments where anglers will be allowed to fish under the popular Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS).

Minister for Agricultural and Fisheries, Leanne Donaldson said the expansion of the programme will give fishers access to 63 dams and weirs throughout the state.

“The addition of these fishing spots will see a boost to freshwater recreational fishing right across the state,” Donaldson said.

“Anyone over 18 who wants to fish in these waters will require a permit but the good news is that at least 75 percent of the money received in permits will be directed back into the system.

This is a win-win for recreational fishers, local fish stocking groups and regional communities right across Queensland. urrently the scheme generates revenue of approximately $1 million each year through the sale of some 50 000 permits.

This means this money is being used to enhance the stocking programme and for the first time, it will allow stocking groups to apply to use some of this money to enhance the recreational fishing experience at their local dams and weirs.

“The expansion of the SIPS will provide increased recreational fishing opportunities to regional communities through the provision of world class freshwater fishing,” she said.

From 1st July digital permits will become available making it fast, easy and convenient for anglers.

“When fishers are asked to produce their permit, they will simply be able to display it on their phone,” she said.

Australia Post will manage the sale of permits which can be purchased online, at any Australia Post outlet or sub-agent in Queensland and from limited locations in northern New South Wales or over the phone.

An annual permit will cost $50, $36 for an annual concession permit and a weekly permit is $10.

Permit fees have been fixed for the next five years.

Fishers who hold an existing paper-based permit can continue to use it for freshwater fishing until the expiry date.

For more information visit the Queensland Fisheries website.


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