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No Public Fund Bail Out for Twamley Dam

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment and Water spokesperson

In a time of escalating global heating and record dry levels becoming increasingly normal on the East Coast, residents and landowners need to be assured precious water is available for them first. It is a matter of grave concern that precious freshwater is prioritised for commercial activities like fish farms.

Tassal, Liberals and Labor Need to Start Listening

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Greens will move for a moratorium on fish farm expansion in Parliament this week in a bid to ensure the industry's rapid growth doesn't further degrade the marine environment and shut out affected communities.

With East Coast locals rallying on the water at Okehampton Bay today, it's obvious Tassal has no social license to operate in the clean, clear waters of the East Coast.

Expanded Plans for Okehampton Bay Still Without Support

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

The expanded plans and greenwash of Tassal’s fish farm operations in Okehampton Bay won’t convince East Coast residents, or the wider Tasmanian community.  This fish farm, backed in by Labor and the Liberals, isn’t wanted.

Additional mussels and seaweed around the pens in Okehampton Bay won’t mitigate the impacts of this industrial operation on the local community, recreational and commercial fishers, and the tourism industry.

Okehampton Bay Boat Vigil a Sign of Strong Community Opposition

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson 

There is strong community opposition to Tassal’s proposed salmon farm in Okehampton Bay. Tasmanians of all walks of life want our clear, clean East Coast waters fish farm free.

The Greens applaud the peaceful vigil of Chris Massie and the other commercial fishermen, anchored in Okehampton Bay.  Their protest highlights that Tassal’s plans have only had a faux scientific impact assessment, and that they never sought or received a social licence.

Tasmanian Brand at Risk if Salmon Farming Continues Unchecked

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

The Liberals’ refusal to properly regulate the salmon farming industry, and their approval of Tassal’s East Coast expansion at Okehampton Bay, is directly threatening the Tasmanian Brand. 

People are flocking to the State from around the world and injecting billions into the economy because of our clean, green brand. 

Liberals and Labor in Lockstep on Fish Farms

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

In a sign there’s no sliver of light to be seen between the Liberal and Labor parties on fish farm expansion, the two old parties voted together today against the Greens’ No Confidence Motion in Minister Rockliff.

It was no surprise given their championing of the industry, collective failure to properly regulate it and policies that propose doubling its size by 2030. 

When is a 'Ban' Not a Ban?

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Liberals continue to try to mislead Tasmanians over fish farming expansion on to the East Coast.

In Question Time today, the Premier did not deny the so-called ban on fish farming in 99% of Mercury Passage was cooked up in haste late last week to take heat off Minister Rockliff in Estimates last Thursday.

Nor did the Premier deny that the dodgy looking map, that was released on Thursday morning, was cooked up in the Premier's media unit.  

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