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Ecosystems and Primary Producers Left High and Dry

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water spokesperson 

In Parliament today, the Minister for Primary Industries confirmed he has no plan to manage our delicate river ecosystems during our state's dry times ahead.

Whilst we maintain a balanced approach to water resource management, which must consider highly the needs of our valuable agriculture industries, it must not be at the expense of our environment.

Water Fears for Little Forester River

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water spokesperson

There is growing community concern that the Little Forester River near Bridport is being drained by individual farmers.

Minister Rockliff has been made aware of the situation and he needs to act immediately.

The government need to make sure the Little Forester River is being monitored now, and over the ongoing dry summer.

Groom Reveals Arm End Entitlement

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Member for Franklin

The government's helping hand in turning the state reserve at Arm End at South Arm over to developers of a private golf course has been revealed this morning.

Under questioning, the parliament discovered that the Minister for Environment's brother is the chair of the golf course proponent.

In an extraordinary outburst Minister Groom declared that his brother was "entitled to do whatever he wants to do".

Groom Content to Pillage TWWHA

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

The Hodgman Government's passionate desire to log, mine and increase private development in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area not only shows a reckless disregard for its values but also the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Minister Groom's obfuscating and empty statements about 'traditional industries' in question time reveal a stunning disregard for Tasmania's protected places.

The government's position is clear - they think they are above UNESCO.

Macquarie Harbour Fish Farm Questions Remain

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

Government documents released today demonstrate that fish farms in Macquarie Harbour are still plagued by water quality problems, despite the government brushing aside concerns aired in parliament and the recent Senate inquiry.

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment discussion paper was released under Right to Information, but details about stocking density in fish farms were deleted.

Supertrawler Still Unwelcome in Tasmania

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

The protest outside the Liberal Party Conference is another reminder of the strong opposition within the community to a supertrawler in Tasmanian waters. 

All Tasmanians want to see commercial and recreational fishing survive for the long-term and a supertrawler puts that at risk.

Hoovering-up of the base fish stock threatens our fisheries - small pelagic fish are the bread and butter of the food chain.

Tassie Forests could get Logging Reprieve

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

The Greens welcome Minister Groom’s commitment in Question Time today to investigate whether Tasmania may apply for funding to stop logging the habitat of threatened species such as the Swift Parrot. 

The question was prompted by a Radio National report which revealed that federal Minister Hunt had invited the Victorian government to apply for funding to stop logging the home of the endangered Leadbeater’s possum.

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