A failure by the Western Rock Lobster Council to reach an agreement with the State Government on an increased local supply of WA Rock Lobster is an extreme disappointment to the WA hospitality industry.
The WA Government’s further announcement today that the Rock Lobster Festival will not go ahead is devastating, given the significant jobs and benefits that would have flowed to WA’s tourism sector.
Australian Hotels Association (WA) CEO Bradley Woods said the impasse should have been avoided at all costs and a way forward found.
“The onus is now on the Rock Lobster industry to guarantee to Western Australians that there will be more reasonably priced Rock Lobster available this coming season, without the Government plan,” Mr Woods said.
“We are disappointed by the news today that will mean no additional Rock Lobster for WA consumers in hotels, pubs and restaurants across the state and the failure to create the Rock Lobster Festival.”
“More local lobster being available on WA menus and the delivery of an iconic festival would have helped support job creation in the state’s restaurants, hotels and hospitality businesses - it is deeply disappointing that these benefits will not eventuate.”
“It is now incumbent on the Rock Lobster industry to explain how it will deliver more reasonably priced product for Western Australians and not only focus on international exports.”