MARINE FINFISH NURSERY — GERALDTON
578. Hon COLIN de GRUSSA to the parliamentary secretary
representing the Minister for Fisheries:
I refer to the government's
commitment to build a ''Geraldton-based finfish nursery as part of its
push to expedite investment in the Midwest Aquaculture Zone''.
(1) Is the government still
committed to building the facility in Geraldton?
(2) Has the government investigated other locations
for this facility; and, if so, please provide details regarding —
(a) when those investigations
(b) what locations have been
(c) the expected costs; and
(d) whether those investigations have
involved third parties or commercial entities?
I thank the member for some notice
of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister
(1) Yes, subject to commitment from
(2) Yes, as part of the business
case for the Geraldton aquaculture nursery.
(a) It was in 2018.
(b) The Department of Primary
Industries and Regional Development's Fremantle hatchery.
(c) The Fremantle option was not
viable and not costed.