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Community Speaks as One - Keep the East Coast Fish Farm Free

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 27 October 2016

Tags: Tassal, Fish Farms, Okehampton Bay, Marine Farming Planning Review Panel

Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—

(1) Notes that the controversial Tassal fish farm development at Okehampton Bay on the East Coast has generated nearly 6,000 submissions as part of a public consultation process for the Review, 210 of which are unique submissions from community, scientific and industry groups.

(2) Understands that the great majority of these submissions do not support the development proposal to intensively farm salmon in this vulnerable marine and coastal environment.

(3) Realises that despite this Government’s rhetoric about transparency, repeated requests from the public for the review’s submissions to be placed on the DPIPWE website has been met with stony silence, and they had to be physically viewed by media at the Department’s offices.

(4) Realises that the actions of the Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP and his Department around the Marine Farming Planning review process for this development have eroded any remaining community confidence in its rigour and independence.

(5) Calls on the Minister for Primary Industries and Water to stop perpetuating the falsehood that opposition to this expansion is only from a vocal minority, and make the submissions publicly available so that all Tasmanians can understand the strength of environmental, scientific, social, economic and pragmatic arguments against it from a wide cross section of the community.

(6) Calls on the Minister to end his charade of being the fair and tough regulator of industry, and listen to his community and the evidence about the harm that fish farming on the East Coast will bring to Tasmania.