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Community and Existing Businesses Concerns Ignored by Liberal's Review


Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Tags: Marine Farming Planning Review Panel, Okehampton Bay

Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—

(1) Notes Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP’s approval of fin-fish farming in Okehampton Bay was decried as being a corrupt process, and rejected by some 250 people at a Triabunna public meeting last Sunday 5 March 2017.

(2) Recognises that local residents, shack owners, recreational fishers and divers who use and take pleasure in Okehampton Bay, and who will be directly impacted by industrial inshore fish farming operations, were specifically excluded by Minister Rockliff from having their say to the Marine Farming Planning Panel’s review.

(3) Further recognises that existing and future tourism operators, existing mussel and oyster farmers, and rock lobster and abalone divers who will be economically impacted by industrial fish farming infrastructure and operations were also excluded by Minister Rockliff from having their say, and that the economic impacts of this expansion were excluded from the Panel’s review.

(4) Acknowledges that the Marine Farming Planning Review Panel’s decision-making took place behind closed doors, with community and existing businesses locked out of the review and now with no right to appeal the Panel’s recommendations or the Minister’s decision.

(5) Calls on the Government to end this corrupt process, disband the Marine Farming Planning Review Panel and move the approval of new leases, and expansion of existing ones, within the Land Use Planning and Approval Act.