Today the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, convened a meeting of Commonwealth and NSW officials including the NSW Minister for Environment the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP to discuss the NSW Government’s fishing closures in Fullerton Cove and Upper Tilligerry Creek.
“The discussions were productive and will assist the Commonwealth as it considers its response to support those who have been affected by the NSW Government’s fishing bans in these areas,’’ Minister Payne said.
“Local fishermen have been dealing with a difficult period as a result of the fisheries closure and the Commonwealth acknowledges their concerns."
Defence continues to work with NSW government agencies, local Councils and other Federal agencies to further investigate the nature and extent of the contamination at RAAF Base Williamtown.
Henry Budd (Minister Payne's office) 0429 531 143
Defence Media (02) 6127 1999