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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 578 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 August 2021 by Hon Colin De Grussa

Parliament: 41 Session: 1


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 commenced;

(b) what locations have been investigated;

(c) the expected costs; and

(d) whether those investigations have involved third parties or commercial entities?

Hon KYLE McGINN replied:

I thank the member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister for Fisheries.

(1) Yes, subject to commitment from industry.

(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.

(d) No.