The Hobbs Report in 1958 recommended the creation of a composite State Fish & Wildlife Service. A compromise reform was adopted the following year with the creation of the Inland Fisheries Commission to replace the Salmon & Freshwater Fisheries Commissioners. DF Hobbs was appointed the first full-time Commissioner to the new body. While the enabling legislation received Royal Assent in August 1959, the old Commission continued to meet until the end of the year. It was not until February of the following year that all members of the new Commission had been appointed and the new Commission's inaugural meeting was held. The new Commission was charged with the management, control, protection and regulation of salmon fisheries and fisheries in inland waters. It progressively shifted its promotional work from breeding in special hatcheries to conservancy activities for the natural habitat of the trout in the State's rivers and lakes. Suggestions for a composite sea and inland fisheries service were revived in 1963 but subsequently rejected by the Government. In 1989 the Commission became a branch of the newly formed Department of Primary Industry for administrative purposes. At this time a Government employee was added to the membership of the Commission which also consisted of the Commissioner and three Associate Commissioners representing the Angling Associations. Following a change of Government it was relocated, on 18 February 1992, into the Department of Parks, Wildlife & Heritage. In February the following year this Department in turn was amalgamated with the Department of Environment and Planning. The Inland Fisheries Act 1995 made further significant reforms including the appointment of a Director of Inland Fisheries and creation of an Inland Fisheries Advisory Council. The Commission was abolished under the Inland Fisheries Amendment Act 1999 and replaced by the Inland Fisheries Service the following year.