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The NSW member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery MP, advises:

"I have received advice from the office of the Hon David Elliott MP that the ban on recreational fishing has been overturned.

"Legal advice has just been issued confirming that fishing has been classified as passive exercises and therefore as long as social distancing and public gathering rules are complied with it can continue.

"This is a win for commonsense and will no doubt make a lot of people very happy.

"The overall advice for people is to remain at home unless it is necessary but if you need to fish, you are now able to do so." NSW Maritime are continuing to monitor our local waterways for safety and compliance.


Sonia Hornery MP, NSW member for Wallsend had earlier raised a number of questions with the NSW Police force including the question around fishing.

Police had advised the the Member of Parliament the following:

"The advice from Police, who are the lead agency on the enforcement of the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 are saying fishing is not allowed.

“People need to stay at home because this does not fall under a reasonable excuse. It does not come under exercise. Of course police can use discretion with these things but no, it’s not exercise, so stay at home.”

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