That the Senate—
(a) takes note of the importance of the fishing industry to the Queensland economy, which was worth $294 million in 2015-16, and the particular significance of this industry to Queensland’s coastal towns;
(b) notes the excellent occasion that is the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival, held annually on the second Sunday in August, the only such event in Australia managed by the men and women who catch the seafood;
(c) recognises the positive impact the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival has on the local economy, with over 50% of patrons travelling to Hervey Bay from other areas;
(d) further notes that the team behind the Festival, Hervey Bay Seafood Inc, have also launched ‘Wide Bay Wild Catch’ – a promotional brand to showcase the story of the resident seafood industry, the men and women across all sectors of seafood in the region from Rainbow Beach north to Bundaberg, and their pride in legendary local seafood for seafood lovers the world over; and the
(e) commends Hervey Bay Seafood Inc for their brilliant work in promoting local seafood products in the Wide Bay region, and for providing another draw point for tourists to the region.
Question agreed to.