Minister opens Nowra Fisheries office

THE South Coast Fisheries office, in Nowra was opened by Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson on Wednesday morning.

About 32 new jobs will be created at the Nowra office with about 11 people transferring to the Shoalhaven from the Cronulla office.

The Nowra office brings together the state’s recreational and commercial fishing licensing departments for the first time.

Staff at the office will process the state’s 500,000 recreational fishing licenses each year and manage about 1100 commercial fishing licenses.

“Once fully operational, South Coast Fisheries will be the second largest Fisheries NSW office behind the Port Stephens Institute and Research Centre of Excellence.

“Having the South Coast as the state’s recreational fisheries management hub brings employees closer to where the majority of the state’s recreational fishing havens are based.

“It also enables greater collaboration with the University of Wollongong’s Shoalhaven Marine and Freshwater Centre, so projects like developing commercial shellfish leases can be delivered,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

Director of Recreational and Indigenous Fishing for Fisheries NSW Peter Turnell was one of the people who transferred to the Shoalhaven.

Mr Turnell will be heading up the operations at Nowra.

He relocated to the region earlier in the year and said that after some initial uncertainty it turned out to be a good move.

“We have got a great group of people here in Nowra.

“The Illawarra-Shoalhaven is one of the largest destinations for fishing in NSW.

“And from a Fisheries point of view I am impressed with the whole area.

“The people here are very passionate about their fishing and the coastal lifestyle.

“We like to promote the activity and get involved in a broad range of activities,” he said.

Genevieve Salway from Bomaderry is one of the Fisheries’ commercial fishing business services staff.

She applied for the job at the Nowra office after commuting to Sydney to work for a number of years.

“I was living in Bomaderry and travelling to Sydney CBD three days a week to work. That trip was up to four hours each way.

“I would leave home to catch a train at 6.30am and get back home that night at about 8.30pm, they were long days.”

TOUR: Fisheries NSW director of Recreational and Indigenous Fishing Peter Turnell, Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson and director of the Shoalhaven Marine and Freshwater Centre Pia Winberg, with Nowra Fisheries office staff Genevieve Salway and Kath Farag-Page, take a tour of the new NSW Fisheries office in Nowra.

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