Coalition promises clean up
MEMBER for Clarence Steve Cansdell says the NSW Liberals and Nationals waterways' policy will see proper maintenance dredging of the Clarence and Evans rivers.
Mr Cansdell said under Labor the Clarence and Evans rivers were left to silt up, harming their environmental health and damaging commercial fishing, tourism, prawn farming and boating industries.
He said our rivers were the lifeblood of the community.
"Our rivers provide not only a variety of recreational activities, but are the basis for many jobs and economic development," Mr Cansdell said.
"If maintained properly, these rivers have huge potential for increased trade, fishing and tourism.
"The answer has always been readily available, but the NSW Labor Government has not been prepared to take the initiative and apply solutions."
Mr Cansdell said with deeper boating channels, Yamba and Evans Head would be viable ports, dealing with commercial freight and tuna fishing boats, as well as offering increased tourism opportunities through visiting pleasure craft.
He said he would also like to see the channel between Dart and Hickey islands reopened to allow a safer and a more direct access into the Yamba Marina.
He said this would have enormous environmental benefits as it would enable more than 700 metres of shipping channel to be remediated back into sea grass, as well as protect Dart Island from feral animals.
"Dredging is the single, most effective activity that could be undertaken to turn around the economy of our region," Mr Cansdell said.