New Deal for Hastings Fisherman's Coop
Minister for Lands and Water, Niall Blair, today announced the NSW Government has secured a new agreement with the Hastings River Fishermen’s Co-operative to extend its licence by 12 months.
“Last month I met with the co-op and I heard their concerns loud and clear,” Mr Blair said.
“That’s why the licence will be extended to March 2017 and the NSW Government will manage the demolition of the building and contribute funds to help the coop meet the demolition costs.”
Co-op Chair Paul Hyde said: “We are pleased with the outcome, which gives us certainty, time and support to assist with our exit from the site.”
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said it was important for the NSW Government to support local industry.
“I am proud this government is listening to our community and acting on their concerns – because that is what good governments do,” Mrs Williams said.
“Redevelopment of the Kooloonbung Creek foreshore is proposed under the Hastings Regional Crown Reserve Plan of Management adopted earlier this year following public consultation.
“The community will benefit from these works as the end result will be a revitalised foreshore with improved access and better facilities – and nothing is preventing that including a new Co-op,” Mrs Williams said.