Whale watch operators hold talks with Environment Minister

A PLAN to help the Hervey Bay whale watching industry has been well received by the State Government, although no decision will be made just yet.

Acting general manager for Tourism Fraser Coast Robbie Cornelius said a meeting this week with the Minister for Environment, Andrew Powell, was quite positive, but also produced no definitive outcome.

Mr Cornelius said he, local operators and a representative from the council went to Brisbane to discuss a plan to introduce a permit system for operators who wished to conduct whale watching in protected waters.

He said there were a number of benefits to such a plan, including providing certainty to operators, helping to manage protected waters and ensuring high business standards in the industry.

Mr Powell said discussions began in Hervey Bay at the recent Community Cabinet and he was happy to continue them.

"Ultimately, the Newman government appreciates that Hervey Bay is the prominent destination for whale watching and I will work with my cabinet colleagues to ensure it stays that way," he said.


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