LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Thanks
On behalf of St Mark's Anglican Church and Rural Australians for Refugees, we would like to send out a huge thankyou to everyone in the Cygnet community who helped in so many ways to make our Raise the Roof refugee benefit last Sunday such a brilliant success.
Thank you to the following local businesses and individuals who donated gifts for the raffle and auction, or helped with promotion and other donations: Winsor Dobbin, Cygneture Chocolates, The First Dog On the Moon Institute,  Southern Swan, Homelands, Lovett Cafe and Bakery, Huon Producers' Network, Old Bank Restaurant, Farah's IGA, Tia Duggan Photography, Deb Wace, Natasa Milenovic, Posie Graeme-Evans, Gail Spinaze, Lynette Lakin, Jane Unwin, Alison Pitt, Sharon Moore, Cygnet Newsagency, Cygnet Hotel (Top Pub), Cygnet and Channel Classifieds, Tracey Salmon, Schoolhouse Coffee Shop, Merwood Jewellery, and Ruby for her beautiful handmade cards.
Thank you Ali Dugan from Red Cross, Sylvie Merope and Zainab Clark  from Amnesty International.
Thank you to our fantastic musicians: the Paul Martin Quartet, Belle Epoque, Tiffany Eckhardt and Anne Toner, the Huon Valley Swing Band and the Cygnet Jazz Collective. Thanks to Suzy Manigian, our stage manager (and a dozen other things) and to Alyson Patmore for sound. Where would we have been without our friendly, hardworking and efficient bar staff, Annaliese Carver and Rada Byers?
Finally, and most importantly, our cooks and caterers, food servers, washer-uppers, raffle ticket sellers and everyone else who helped in so many ways.  We couldn't have done it without you.
And thank you, Cygnet for coming along. We hope you are as thrilled as we are that we raised $4,000.
Ann Martin and Helen Merrick
Cygnet

Norfolk Bay salmon farm concerns
Neighbours of Fish Farming (NOFF) has added its voice to growing community concern about Huon Aquaculture’s plans for hospital pens for its salmon in Norfolk Bay.
This comes on top of massive expansion plans by the state’s three big industrial caged fish farm companies into neighbouring Storm Bay.
Spokesperson for NOFF, Dr Christine Materia, said Huon Aquaculture’s previously undisclosed plans to open the hospital pen for sick salmon in Norfolk Bay amounted to an ambush that threatens a wide range of marine life, including
a shark nursery.
She said reports that the plans were begun in secrecy more than a year ago and only then revealed in public were a cause for alarm.
“Without any form of public consultation with affected communities and industries, Huon Aquaculture is intending to commence operations in Norfolk Bay this week,” said Dr Materia.
“Norfolk Bay is an environmentally sensitive area that includes a shark nurser. We have absolutely no confidence in this government or the industry that appropriate and essential environmental impact assessments have been undertaken.”
NOFF’s objections add to those of community groups on the Tasman Peninsular, which are affected by the move.
Dr Materia said Huon Aquaculture’s expansion plans into Storm Bay, allied to similar proposals by TASSAL and Petuna Seafoods, were already causing
widespread unease.
“NOFF joins with the three Bruny Island community groups that have joined together to make strong objections to the expansion plans,” she said.
Dr Materia said NOFF supported the thrust of the Bruny Island groups’ statement that: “We want a truly sustainable approach to finfish farming in the Bruny bioregion. We are calling for a moratorium until such time as finfish farming is considered in relation to all other uses and users of resources in the waters surrounding Bruny Island and across Storm Bay.”
Dr Materia said increasing community concern, along with the fears of wild fishers about the potential destruction of their industry from industrial caged fish farm expansion, had prompted a diverse group of community members and industry to plan
a statewide alliance of many groups from the south of the state to King Island in the north.
“Along with many of these groups, NOFF calls for an immediate moratorium on all expansion of fish farm pens in the state until Tasmanians are reassured that the proper scientific and environmental controls will protect the state’s marine resources,”
Dr Material said.
Neighbours of Fish Farming


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