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Government Must Release IMAS Report

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

Late last year, the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies produced a report for government on the health of Macquarie Harbour. 

The  ‘January 2017 Environmental Research in Macquarie Harbour’ report is understood to be behind Huon Aquaculture’s decision to launch actions in the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the Federal Court of Australia.

The government must release the IMAS report publicly, and explain why it was hidden.  

Tassal Dam at Taxpayers' Expense and Ratepayers' Risk

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council’s decision to approve the construction of the dam, paid for from a Treasury loan, will means ratepayers are stumping up funds for the next 30 years to benefit a large private company.

Glamorgan-Spring Bay is a small council and this Treasury loan will increase their net debt by 1000%, from $661,000 to $6.6 million.

It’s an unfortunately typical Tasmanian tale of private companies working behind closed government doors, on a deal where taxpayers pick up the tab.

EPA Biomass Reduction an Indictment on Labor and Liberals

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

The EPA's plan to reduce the number of farmed salmon in Macquarie Harbour by a third is a desperate attempt to save the marine life and farms in that basin from total collapse.  That imminent collapse is an indictment on both Labor and the Liberals.

It's an eleventh-hour drastic intervention by the EPA.  We sincerely hope it's not too little, too late for the Maugean Skate, fish farm jobs in Strahan, and the whole industry's reputation. 

Rockliff Under the Spotlight on Salmon

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

Despite the scathing Four Corners exposé and yesterday's report of significant environmental damage in Macquarie Harbour from the EPA, the government still refuses to do what's needed to protect future jobs in the salmon farming industry.

This morning in State Parliament, the Minister for Primary Industries, Jeremy Rockliff, once again showed his blind industry expansion agenda.  What he doesn't understand is that what’s good for the environment, is good for industry. 

EPA Report Confirms Macquarie Harbour Environmental Catastrophe

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

The EPA's monitoring data report for salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour is not surprising. It won't be news to anyone who watched the Four Corners' exposé of Tasmania's salmon industry.

The EPA reported the impact of salmon farm excrement remains "visually significant" at compliance areas 35 metres away from the exterior of lease sites.

Expose Highlights Urgent Need for Salmon Industry Regulation

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

The scale of revelations on last night's Four Corners exposé of the Tasmanian salmon farming industry are immense.  It exposed the State Government wilfully pushing industry expansion at the cost of long-term jobs and the marine environment.

Last night's exposé revealed the persistent refusal of government to put regulations in place for the salmon industry.  Regulations would limit fallout on the marine environment, and safeguard jobs in one of Tasmania's largest employing, regional sectors.

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