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22.07.11

Boating and Fisheries Patrol

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol return to Maritime

The Minister for the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure, Craig Wallace, announced yesterday that the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol agency is to be transferred from the control of the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) to Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) within Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

This is essentially a case of back to the future as the two agencies had been one Agency many years ago, as the Queensland Harbours and Marine Department.

The Harbours and Marine Department was formed on the 1st January 1929 when the QLD Marine Department and the QLD Harbours and Rivers Department were amalgamated.

On 7 December 1989, the Department of Harbours and Marine was amalgamated with the Department of Main Roads and the Department of Transport to form the new Department of Transport. The Boating and Fisheries Patrol section of the Department of Harbours and Marine was amalgamated with the Department of Primary Industries later becoming the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI).

The AMOU has long represented members in Harbours and Marine, Queensland Transport and Maritime Safety Queensland and has long predicted that the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol would return to MSQ for all of the reasons outlined by the Minister in the following Media Release

The AMOU will continue to represent members in the Boating and Fisheries Patrol and will be active in the transition process into Maritime Safety Queensland

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

MSQ nets Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol

Queensland boaties and fishers will see further enforcement and resourcing benefits of a single marine services agency when Maritime Safety Queensland teams up with its long-time partner, Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol in September.

Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure Minister Craig Wallace said Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol would be transferred from their present home within the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) to Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) within Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

"The move is really a matter of common sense and reflects the many common areas of their existing program objectives and operations," Mr Wallace said.

"I've been up and down the coast talking to the boating community, and these changes are what they have been asking for - more patrols and more time on the water."

Mr Wallace said the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol already worked closely with MSQ in both education and enforcement roles under a memorandum of understanding in place for several years.

"Boating and Fisheries officers share office space and facilities at half of all Maritime Safety Queensland's operational bases," he said.

"By bringing them within Maritime Safety Queensland's organisation they can better combine their assets in delivering services such as marine education and safety awareness programs, which is good news for all boaties.

"There's a raft of other efficiencies to be gained from incorporating the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol into MSQ, including better coordination and targeted delivery of core compliance for the State's recreational and commercial fleet.

"We'll have greater leverage from TMR's existing marine infrastructure planning initiatives.

"The shift will also enable better coordination of marine assets and personnel to respond to maritime emergencies such as oil spills and severe weather events."

Mr Wallace said there was great potential for cross-decking and joint patrols especially in areas such as the Gold Coast and the Whitsundays, which would enable better monitoring and enforcement of a broader range of on-water marine activities.