Lob­ster plans stir­ring the pot

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - HE­LEN KEMPTON

A MEET­ING will be held at Taroona’s fore­shore park to­day as res­i­dents raise con­cerns about the po­ten­tial devel­op­ment of a com­mer­cial lob­ster hatch­ery in the sub­urb.

The Taroona Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion says the pro­posed sale of a crown land ti­tle to the Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia, which is look­ing to establish a hatch­ery, would see part of Taroona’s bush­land coastal re­serve lost to the pub­lic.

“The lower south­ern sec­tion of the ti­tle is a beau­ti­ful patch of coastal Tas­ma­nian blue gum for­est that has been part of the Taroona Beach re­serve for decades. This type of for­est has high bio­di­ver­sity val­ues as it is im­por­tant for­ag­ing habi­tat for the na­tion­ally en­dan­gered swift par­rot,” TCA pres­i­dent Jill Hickie said.

She said com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity was pro­hib­ited by the King­bor­ough In­terim Plan­ning Scheme at Cray­fish Point.

Last week, UTAS said the pro­posed plan­ning changes would ap­ply to crown land on the coastal edge, but no changes to the Taroona Fore­shore Trail or its use were an­tic­i­pated or re­quired.

UTAS said no pro­posal to build the hatch­ery at Taroona had been fi­nalised but the pro­posed plan­ning changes would al­low it to be ex­plored.

UTAS di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate af­fairs Ja­son Pur­die said the site had ad­van­tages as IMAS Taroona al­ready housed a re­search lob­ster hatch­ery.

“Lo­cat­ing a small pi­lot-scale hatch­ery along­side the ex­ist­ing re­search fa­cil­ity would al­low the world-class sci­en­tists based at Taroona to work along­side staff com­mer­cial­is­ing the tech­nol­ogy,” Mr Pur­die said.

The meet­ing will be held at Taroona’s fore­shore park at 11am to­day. King­bor­ough coun­cil­lors, can­di­dates, state politi­cians, IMAS and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the in­vest­ing com­pany have been in­vited.

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