Rockliff emphasized the Tasmanian government’s unwavering support for the continuation of salmon farming in the region, highlighting the industry’s significance to nearly 400 workers, their families, and the broader community.
“My Government’s position is clear: We 100 per cent back the continuation of salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour, and we stand side by side with the almost 400 workers, their families and wider community.” He emphasized the significant role salmon farming plays in the local economy and its importance to the livelihoods of those in the area.
The Tasmanian Premier expressed concern about the impact on workers and communities affected by the uncertainty surrounding the industry’s future.
“We know that this review is having a grave effect on the mental health and wellbeing of hundreds of workers, their families and entire communities that rely on salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour,” he said.
Highlighting the urgency of the situation, Rockliff urged for a prompt decision from Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek. “There is no need for Minister Plibersek to take a day longer than is needed to provide certainty on the future of the salmon industry in Macquarie Harbour. I call on the Albanese Government to provide that by the end of March.”
The Premier’s letter follows recent discussions with the Prime Minister about identifying employment and economic opportunities in the West Coast region. However, Rockliff clarified that while he welcomes any investment in the region, it should not be at the cost of existing aquaculture jobs or as a result of halting operations in Macquarie Harbour.