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E-Petition to ban netting in Trinity Bay Cairns

Post by ScottoHB » Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:28 am

CAREFISH
4.11.2011


After a couple of years of lobbying, negotiating, and attending and calling meetings, we finally get towards the end of the procedure to achieve a ”Net Free Zone” off Cairns. All the boxes along the way have been ticked.
Now we have to see this completed. Yesterday we launched a public petition, sponsored by Steve Wettenhall MP, calling on the Government to put the ink on the paper. This is a show of hands from the community. There’s several ways government test public sentiment. Surveys, petitions, and elections.

If ten people sign this petition, it’ll tell the gov something. If ten thousand sign it, it’ll tell them something completely different. Don’t forget there’s over 20,000 boat trailers registered around here. Government will be watching this closely. We in Cairns are not the only ones to be seeking a ‘Net Free Area’ around their town. This is going on up and down the coast. Other areas will be watching as well.

The last sitting for parliament this year is December 1. This petition has to be done and dusted by then.Time is ticking. The goal is 300 signatures EVERY DAY.

This is up to all of you. There’s a hundred or so in CAREFISH so that’s 3 a day each to put it in perspective. We can do that.

The petition is attached along with the’ facts and figures’ sheet. Print some out and get the signatures. Drop them off to Steve Wettenhall’s office at Smithfield or call me and I’ll come and pick them up. There’s also an e-petition. Simply Google Steve Wettenhall/e petition and you’ll find it. The other way is to follow this link…

http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-o ... etNum=1803 If you can’t open this, highlight it, then right click and select ‘open hyperlink’.

The primary public spots to sign are the locally owned tackle shops (BCF and Rays won’t participate at this stage due to ‘policy’), also up to 30 newsagencies have engaged along with Half Moon Bay Chandlery and Markwell Marine (welcome to CAREFISH). Steve Wettenhall’s office too. The Tinaroo ‘Barra Bash’ committee are thinking about it.

I’ll call on more today and keep you posted on who’s involved. Feel free to find others yourselves, the more the better. Use your e- networks as well. Everyone in Cairns needs to know aboutthis. There must be no doubt in any politicians mind where we stand on the issue ofgillnets in our town.
This is a call to action. If you want the nets out, then get cracking! It’s all about numbers at this stage.

Now it’s up to you.

http://www.scotto.com.au/cmsdocuments/F ... 0Final.pdf

http://www.scotto.com.au/cmsdocuments/P ... letter.pdf

Paul Aubin
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Re: E-Petition to ban netting in Trinity Bay Cairns

Post by ScottoHB » Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:39 am

CAREFISH

16/11/2011

Fishin’ Petition

The petition is still progressing well. I have in my hand about 500 signatures from Bransfords, Barron River Tackle, Les Marsh and me. Bruce Sharples has collected about another 300 from his newsagency and from the Tinaroo Barra Bash. Great job! The e petition has over 200 on it and will likely get a boost with Steve Wettenhall’s newsletter going out soon.I haven’t checked around the other locations as yet (about 30 or 40) so you can take a guess at the total. This is all about numbers now, I’m sure you understand that. Those with media profiles should be pumping it. Write a ‘Letter to the Editor’. Get the public involved.

A lot rests on the final count. We won’t get another shot at this for a VERY LONG time!

I went to the Tradies Bar on Friday afternoon and spoke to 110 people and got 108 signatures. Almost everyone said “yeah, bloody oath I’ll sign that, it’s about time someone did something about the @#$%’n nets”. The 2 that didn’t sign were from NZ and didn’t know a fish from a fush. I also did the Bransfords tackle Expo on Saturday and the Holloways Beach markets on Sunday. I found that almost everyone signed that I spoke to, even commercial fishermen. But as soon as I stopped talking, the signatures stopped.

Clearly, all of us need to keep talking. Pretty well everyone wants it, but we have to explain it first. A simple “Hey guys have you signed the Fishin’ Petition yet? We’re trying to get the gill nets out of Trinity Bay”. This closes on the 30th of this month so that leaves only 2 weekends! We’ve only got a short run time but that’s the cards we’ve been dealt, we must make the most of this opportunity. Everyone who wants a net free zone around Cairns MUST get involved! Print off a few sheets and get to it. It took me one hour to get 108 signatures at the Tradies Bar. I see that as a fair investment in the fishing future of Cairns. All the pubs and clubs should be canvassed. This is your job.

If a hundred of us get a hundred signatures, that’s TEN THOUSAND. That will get instant attention from every politician up and down the coast.

Most importantly, these sheets HAVE to be back to me or Steve Wettenhall by the 30 th. I’m hearing of them being photocopied and ending up in all sorts of places, which is fine but completely useless if they’re still there in two months time. If you hand them out please make sure they know to get them back.

Remember the headline waiting to be written “CAIRNS SET TO RIVAL DARWIN”. It can be so. But we have to make it so. It’s up to you. Be quick.

Paul Aubin
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Re: E-Petition to ban netting in Trinity Bay Cairns

Post by ScottoHB » Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:31 am

CAREFISH

22.11.2011

PETITION PROGRESS
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The mouth of the Barron River is currently being netted by someone claiming to be a permit holder. Maybe, maybe not but see attachment anyhow. There has also been a net in the Saltwater Creek, it has floats painted black, likely illegal. If you see these, ring FISHWATCH. The hospital flats are being netted solidly north of the 200 mtr exclusion area of the Marlin Marina (which will be legally challenged if this petition falls over). This is a 4 inch net and it has no respect for juvenile barramundi, or any other barramundi for that matter. Holloways Beach is netted most Mondays and or Tuesday nights. So does the mouth of the Thomatis. And there’s more further north. These ones are likely legal.
What you read above is happening now in the barra closed season. If you want to see more nets, wait until the season opens on the first of Feb.

This is on your doorstep. We have a once in a generation opportunity to remedy this. The petition has one week left to run. It all depends on how many signatures are counted NEXT TUESDAY. There are not nearly enough signatures on it yet, to have much impact on parliament.

Something is wrong with this picture. Two CAREFISH members have gotten around a thousand signatures between them. How many have you got? I hear “I haven’t got time” or “I can’t force people to sign it”. Neither do I, and neither have I! But I’ve still picked up around 500 signatures without much trouble!

So, does Cairns deserve a net free area around it? Do we really want it? It doesn’t look like it from where I’m sitting. We may scrounge together 3000 signatures by the look of it. Maybe less. If I was Steve Wettenhall, I would have trouble fronting up to parliament and suggesting that the people of Cairns ‘demand this net closure’.

HE NEEDS SIGNATURES AND WE ARE NOT GIVING THEM TO HIM.

I asked for some hands to help canvass the pubs and clubs. No-one offered. No-one. I haven’t heard boo from any fishing club. How weird is that? I dropped around large green “Sign Fishing Petition Here” posters to prominent recreational fishing businesses at the beginning of this. Half of them are rolled up in storerooms!

If you want the nets gone, every one of us has to put this petition under the noses of every one that wants the nets gone. That’s an easy sell. Almost everyone wants them gone that I’ve talked to! But if you leave this for others do, IT WILL NOT GET DONE!

This needs a big push, starting right now. Time is running out. Once again, I’m calling for help to canvass the local hot spots. Pubs and clubs on Friday and Saturday. Boat ramps. Tackle shops. You think up some places, this is to your benefit! We can do this, it’s not that hard. Time to buckle up and knuckle down.

Call me if you can help out on the number below, or Bruce Sharples on 0438 668 721. An hour or so is all that’s needed.

Something else you might like to consider. The East Bioregion Marine Park plan draft is about to be released. This is the Coral Sea issue and it’s now on our doorstep as well. State gov is talking about installing reciprocal green zones in the gulf. They may try that here as well. CAREFISH will be involved in the negotiations and the more horsepower CAREFISH can muster, the better our negotiating position will be on this and many other issues..

Get the signatures! I’ll be around next Tuesday to pick them up. Or if you’re dropping them off yourselves they have to be at Steve Wettenhall’s office Unit 7 Stanton Place, Smithfield by 3pm Tuesday 29 th Nov to be airbagged to Brisbane and into Parliament.

Paul Aubin
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Re: E-Petition to ban netting in Trinity Bay Cairns

Post by ScottoHB » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:52 am

CAREFISH

27.11.2011

Petition

Time has ticked and soon we’ll see if the numbers add up. On Tuesday, Bruce Sharples and I’ll be picking up the signed petition sheets. Bruce will be doing the news agencies and IGA stores and I’ll be doing the CAREFISH run and a few others as below. There are around 60 in total. If I’ve missed anyone, please let me know, I’m only too happy to come and pick up your sheets or if you know of any one participating they can drop them off to Steve Wettenhall’s office unit 7 Stanton Place Smithfield or to one of the businesses participating by Monday arfternoon.

There is no point having signed petition sheets laying around after this. Every signature counts.

Bransfords,Yorkeys Chandlery, Yorkeys Boat Club, Straight on The Beach, Barron RiverTackle, Dave’s Boat Yard, CNW Elect, Allpower Elect, Capral Aluminium, NBProps, Erskines Tackle, Rankines Tackle, Cairns Boat Hire, Cock n Bull,Markwell Marine, Bill’s Marine, AJ, Eric the Viking, Aussie Marine Repairs

Paul Aubin

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Re: E-Petition to ban netting in Trinity Bay Cairns

Post by ScottoHB » Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:26 am

CAREFISH

29.11,2011

Petition

The paper petition is on its way to Parliament as I type. If you have any sheets signed, then please get them to Steve Wettenhall’s office tomorrow. This is a once in a generation chance to get the nets out of the front of Cairns.

PLEASE all of you who are QLD residents (only) go online NOW and sign - if you have not already done so. Then flick this link to your networks requesting the same.

The on-line petition is at: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/wor...on?PetNum=1803

It just takes a few moments to register your vote. Today - Wednesday 30th Nov 2011 is its last day.

There are about 3,000 hard copy signatures on their way down to Brisbane tonight and only 488 on-line signatures as I write this – Surely we can break the 1,000 mark !?

Through this process we have learnt there is a huge sector of the population who are in support of the ban even though they are not recreational fishers !

This is the final call. Do it NOW!! No more chances.

Paul Aubin
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Re: E-Petition to ban netting in Trinity Bay Cairns

Post by ScottoHB » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:38 am

Dear All,

Paul Aubin will no doubt be forwarding a report on the number of hard copy signatures. Here’s some observations on how the e-petition went.
Online Vote tally increased from 488 to 674, an increase of 186 votes (38%) in last 30 hrs before closing at midnight 30 November.

488 at 18.00 hr 29 Nov 2011
580 at 10.17 hr 30th Nov 2011
597 at 11.32 hr
605 at 11.50 hr
610 at 12.00 hr
630 at 14.05 hr
642 at 16.22 hr
657 at 19.30
671 at 22.25, 22.40
674 at 24.00, 30 Nov 2011

- an indication that many more votes could have been gained if the petition had run for longer than the 3 weeks it was allocated.
A visit to the Parliamentary web site link to ‘Closed Petitions’ shows that for the last 100 petitions, only 12 petitions received more votes and 87 received less.

This extremely high position is proof that this issue is far more than just a conflict between a few recreational fishers and gill netters.

It is proof that there is real angst amongst the broader community with concerns over gill netting bycatch including marine mammals and turtle and about gill netting’s contribution to the widely observed severe decline of several, once common, large inshore fish species.

Kind regards,
David Cook

PS: Thanks to every one who voted - Scotto
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Re: E-Petition to ban netting in Trinity Bay Cairns

Post by ScottoHB » Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:16 am

CAREFISH

2.12.11

The paper petition air bagged to parliament numbered 2304 on 28.11.11. It had to be in Steve Wettenhall’s hands before 1.12.11 which was the last sitting day of parliament for the year and perhaps the last before an election. That’s why we only got 3 weeks and almost no lead in time. The e petition finished at 674 on 30.11.11 making a total of 2977.

However, more signed sheets were still being handed in to Steve Wettenhall’s office after the airbag left and we’re still finding them here, there and everywhere as copies were made and taken to other businesses and workplaces etc. We tried to overnight what we had to Steve before he tabled them but I’m not sure if he got them on time.

The total went well over 3000. This is more than 1000 a week. Each week was more than the previous, so it was gathering steam, not running out, as could be seen clearly by the way the e petition behaved towards the end.

My gut feeling is that we could have achieved 10,000 if handled better and if left to run for 3 or 4 months. There are over 20.000 registered boat trailers around the region if that is any indication. This ran on a zero budget and with almost no media participation.

One would have thought the tackle shops would have collected the most signatures, This turned out to be not the case and out of the 6 or 7 around Cairns 3 had a go and the rest didn’t. They accounted for about 500 signatures between them. None of the new boat dealers participated. No fishing clubs engaged or responded to requests for assistance apart from one, but contributed very few signatures. This is curious, but a look at membership numbers might explain it.

Two individuals collected about 1000 between them. They said this was without much effort with a strike rate of over 90% of people approached signing. They reported that almost all of those did so with high conviction and interest and most had a grievance with nets.

They were also surprised at how many mums wanted to participate on behalf of their families. Some newsagents and IGA’s participated with one displaying it prominently and returned around 200 signatures.Port Douglas contributed more than 300 with one individual and his family collecting most of these.

And that’s about it. I’ll talk to Steve Wettenhall when he gets back and we’ll hear from Minister Craig Wallace when he makes a decision. On behalf of CAREFISH, I would like to thank those that assisted in this process and particularly to Steve Wettenhall and his office, who has had to endure more than a few meetings involving stakeholders.

A lot more goes on behind the scenes than most would imagine, so thanks, we do appreciate it.

Paul Aubin
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Re: E-Petition to ban netting in Trinity Bay Cairns

Post by elenahusky » Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:55 pm

The petition is still progressing well. I have in my hand about 500 signatures from Bransfords, Barron River Tackle, Les Marsh and me. Bruce Sharples has collected about another 300 from his newsagency and from the Tinaroo Barra Bash. Great job! The e petition has over 200 on it and will likely get a boost with Steve Wettenhall’s newsletter going out soon.I haven’t checked around the other locations as yet (about 30 or 40) so you can take a guess at the total. This is all about numbers now, I’m sure you understand that. Those with media profiles should be pumping it. Write a ‘Letter to the Editor’. Get the public involved.

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Re: E-Petition to ban netting in Trinity Bay Cairns

Post by mon2409 » Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:51 pm

The petition is still progressing well. I have in my hand about 500 signatures from Bransfords, Barron River Tackle, Les Marsh and me. Bruce Sharples has collected about another 300 from his newsagency and from the Tinaroo Barra Bash. Great job! The e petition has over 200 on it and will likely get a boost with Steve Wettenhall’s newsletter going out soon.I haven’t checked around the other locations as yet (about 30 or 40) so you can take a guess at the total. This is all about numbers now, I’m sure you understand that. Those with media profiles should be pumping it. Write a ‘Letter to the Editor’. Get the public involved.

A lot rests on the final count. We won’t get another shot at this for a VERY LONG time!

I went to the Tradies Bar on Friday afternoon and spoke to 110 people and got 108 signatures. Almost everyone said “yeah, bloody oath I’ll sign that, it’s about time someone did something about the @#$%’n nets”. The 2 that didn’t sign were from NZ and didn’t know a fish from a fush. I also did the Bransfords tackle Expo on Saturday and the Holloways Beach markets on Sunday. I found that almost everyone signed that I spoke to, even commercial fishermen. But as soon as I stopped talking, the signatures stopped.

Clearly, all of us need to keep talking. Pretty well everyone wants it, but we have to explain it first. A simple “Hey guys have you signed the Fishin’ Petition yet? We’re trying to get the gill nets out of Trinity Bay”. This closes on the 30th of this month so that leaves only 2 weekends! We’ve only got a short run time but that’s the cards we’ve been dealt, we must make the most of this opportunity. Everyone who wants a net free zone around Cairns MUST get involved! Print off a few sheets and get to it. It took me one hour to get 108 signatures at the Tradies Bar. I see that as a fair investment in the fishing future of Cairns. All the pubs and clubs should be canvassed. This is your job.

If a hundred of us get a hundred signatures, that’s TEN THOUSAND. That will get instant attention from every politician up and down the coast.

Most importantly, these sheets HAVE to be back to me or Steve Wettenhall by the 30 th. I’m hearing of them being photocopied and ending up in all sorts of places, which is fine but completely useless if they’re still there in two months time. If you hand them out please make sure they know to get them back.

Remember the headline waiting to be written “CAIRNS SET TO RIVAL DARWIN”. It can be so. But we have to make it so. It’s up to you. Be quick.

Greetings
Monika Bansal

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