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PRIMARY INDUSTRY M EDIA RELEASE

'4-3STATEMENT BY 1 THE MINISTER FOR O f PRIMARY INDUSTRY ' THE RT. HON, IAN SINCLAIR M.CANBERRA2 September 1979.HOBART FISH CENTREThe Commonwealth will provide $234,136 towards the establishment of a fish centre in Hobart, the Minister for Primary Industry,Mr Ian Sinclair, announced today.The assistance will be part of the specific Commonwealth program of support to Tasmanian industry, announced in last week's Budget, following the 1977 enquiry and report by Sir Bede Callaghan.The assistance will be provided on condition that the Tasmanian Government raise the necessary funds to establish a commercial infrastructure which should be self-supporting.The centre will be established in the historic Henry Jones building adjacent to the present Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority offices.It will provide facilities for demonstrations of fish handling and preparation and education services generally. The centre's commercial infrastructure will be run by private enterprise comprising a restaurant, processing facilities and fish stalls.Mr Sinclair said that establishment of the centre will assist the development of market outlets for Tasmanian fish products and enable greater diversification of the fishing industry.The operations of the centre, which will be administered by the Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority, will make a substantial contribution to the fishing industry through the development of market outlets for fisheries products which are under-utilised at present.