Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

17 September 2017

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

Okehampton Bay protest

The Okehampton Bay fish farm is breathing new life and jobs back into Triabunna.

I'm sure it won't be lost on anyone that the the main protagonists against the fish farm are the very same people who permanently shut down the Triabunna woodchip mill, destroying hundreds of jobs and sending the town to the brink.

As has been well canvassed, the Okehampton Bay fish farm is a pre-existing lease and will operate at the highest possible environmental standards.

The Government will not be moving to place a moratorium on fish farms - to do so would cost jobs.

Instead, we have released a Sustainable Salmon Growth Plan for public feedback, and we have moved to prevent further fish farm expansion on the East Coast of Tasmania.

Everybody knows that the Greens won't be happy until they have destroyed salmon farming, just as they did all they could to destroy the forest industry during the disastrous Labor-Green Government.

It is also important to note that last week Labor's fence sitting finally ended when they voted in Parliament to "unequivocally" support the Okehampton Bay fish farm.

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