Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson announces the NSW Fisheries restructure at Coffs Harbour's National Marine Science Centre last September.
Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson announces the NSW Fisheries restructure at Coffs Harbour's National Marine Science Centre last September. Rob Wright

Fisheries relocation plans on hold after closure postponed

PLANS to relocate the positions of Sydney-based Fisheries staff to regional centres including Coffs Harbour have been placed on hold.

The decision made after a sitting of NSW Parliament on Wednesday will also see moves to close the Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre suspended for now.

The reversal on the plans first announced by Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson last year comes after a scathing parliamentary report labelled the move as "an example how not to undertake decentralisation."

Upper House MP Reverend Fred Nile announced on Wednesday the staff relocations have been stalled.

Reverend Nile last month chaired an upper house inquiry into the Fisheries decentralisation scheme.

More than 100 Fisheries staff based out of the Cronulla centre have campaigned against relocation to new headquarters in Port Stephens, Nowra and Coffs Harbour.

Reverend Nile told staff members he had spoken to Premier Barry O'Farrell and Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner.

He said the Premier had agreed to halt the decommissioning of the facility until the government responded to the committee's findings.