Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson with (from left) Tourism SCU director of research Dr Kurt Seemann, National Marine Science Centre director Professor Les Christidis, SCU Coffs Harbour campus administration manager Peter Coyle, Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser and NSW DPI Director of Commercial Fisheries Andrew Goulstone during yesterday’s visit by Ms Hodgkinson.
Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson with (from left) Tourism SCU director of research Dr Kurt Seemann, National Marine Science Centre director Professor Les Christidis, SCU Coffs Harbour campus administration manager Peter Coyle, Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser and NSW DPI Director of Commercial Fisheries Andrew Goulstone during yesterday’s visit by Ms Hodgkinson.

Jobs relocated to boost economy

IN A significant boost for the local economy, 16 NSW Fisheries research jobs will be relocated to Coffs Harbour from Cronulla as part of the O'Farrell Government's 'decade of decentralisation'.

The move has angered some Sydney-based scientists who have been told they have to move to keep their jobs, however, Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson said the relocations would benefit coastal economies.

Ms Hodgkinson announced during a visit yesterday positions within the department's commercial fisheries team would be relocated to Coffs Harbour.

"We hope to take advantage of the partnerships that exist here in Coffs Harbour between NSW Fisheries, the commercial fishing industry and the National Marine Science Centre," she said.

"I anticipate 16 commercial fisheries positions will be relocated here to Coffs Harbour from the Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre over the next 12 to 18 months." Ms Hodgkinson discussed the plan with Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser and Southern Cross University heads at the National Marine Science Centre.

The Fisheries shake-up will also see the department's recreational fisheries positions shift to Port Stephens and policy positions move to Nowra.

"It makes clear sense to re-position NSW's fisheries specialists closer to where the vast majority of their work is - along the NSW coastline, such as on the Mid-North Coast, the Central Coast and the South Coast."

Ms Hodgkinson said the Cronulla Fisheries facility, employing 147 staff, was earmarked to close because it was an aged building with limited access and constrained expansion potential.



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