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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
6 August 2004
The deadline for fishermen to submit tenders in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park licence buyout has been extended by six weeks to 18 October, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today.
He said modifications to the structural adjustment package were also being considered.
"I want to ensure all people who are disadvantaged are treated fairly and equitably," he said.
"It became clear during my recent meetings with hundreds of people along the Queensland coast from Cairns to Bundaberg that there were some issues relating to the structural adjustment package that needed clarification.
"One clear message was that people needed more time to get business advice so they had all the facts before them when deciding whether to exit the fishing industry or seek help to restructure their businesses.
"As a result, the cut-off for applications in the fishing licence buyout has been extended from 6 September until 18 October and a number of other matters are being examined in more detail.
"I am also discussing with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority ways to make it easier for concerned parties to liaise with staff right along the coast."
Senator Campbell said he intended to finalise any changes to the guidelines and eligibility criteria for the structural adjustment package as soon as possible.