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Fishing for Tilapia in Suprano Place Lake, Wakerley

Principal Petitioner Christopher May, Wakerley
Date Closed Fri, 25 May 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 85 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Brisbane City Council that we have recently been informed that it is illegal to fish in the Suprano Place Lake in Wakerley. This lake is filled with tilapia, the impact of which are widespread and include environmental issues such as decreased water quality, introduction of disease, competition for resources, predation of native fish and economic and recreational impacts which authorities are aware, is one of the greatest threats to Australia's native biodiversity, and is a noxious pest under the Fisheries Act 1994. We believe that the pastime of fishing in Suprano Place Lake actually contributes to the health and betterment of the lake and environs, by trying to rid the waters of the noxious tilapia which threatens our native fish and other aquatic species, which have already declined greatly since tilapia were introduced into the waterway several years ago. We understand that tilapia caught must not be returned to the waterway, but must be disposed of in a humane way.

Your petitioners therefore apply to Council for an exemption to allow catch-and-release fishing in this lake. We advise that the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries regard the tilapia as a biosecurity concern and have no objection, in fact encourage fishing in this lake, to remove the tilapia. We also advise that there have never been any incidences of refuse being left in the park by the local residents, who have been fishing there over the years. We understand that tilapia caught must not be returned to the waterway, but must be disposed of in a humane way.

Council response

Thank you for your petitions requesting an exemption from Council to allow catch and release fishing in the lake at Suprano Place Park, Wakerley.

Council has completed an investigation and considered your request.

Fishing from Council land is regulated under the Public Land and Council Assets Local Law 2014 (PLACA). Fishing from Council land under PLACA is generally prohibited, however, Council can designate certain areas where fishing is permitted.

There are currently seven designated fishing platforms located at:
- Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve, Wyampa Road, Bald Hills
- Cameron Rocks Reserve, Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton
- Kookaburra Park, West, Nalya Crescent, Karana Downs
- Colmslie Recreation Reserve, Lytton Road, Morningside
- Tuckeroo Park, Nudgee Road, Nudgee Beach
- Chelsea Road Park, Chelsea Road, Ransome (north of Rickett Road Bridge)
- Sandgate Foreshores Park, Flinders Parade, Sandgate.

While the Suprano Place Park waterbody was constructed to manage stormwater and has not been designed to accommodate recreational fishing, Council is willing to make Suprano Place Park available for pest fishing for a 12-month trial. Temporary signage will be installed in the park that regulates fishing for a 12-month trial period listing the conditions required, such as disposing of all fish catches and rubbish in a responsible manner. Additional fishing infrastructure will not be installed in the park. During the trial, feedback received will form part of a longer-term decision around recreational fishing at the end of the
12-month period. An assessment of complaints, rubbish levels and risk will be made.

The catching of pest fish also will require you to obtain a permit from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Council wishes to thank you for your interest in looking after Brisbane’s environment by contributing to the removal of pest fish.

Thank you for raising this matter.