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$4.8 million for Tasmanian fishing communities and businesses

DAFF07/098A 14 September 2007

- Minister announces third round of Onshore Business Assistance -

Tasmanian businesses and communities will share in more than $4.8 million in Australian Government grants under a landmark structural adjustment package to secure a profitable and sustainable future for Commonwealth fisheries.

Minister for Fisheries and Conservation, Senator Eric Abetz, today announced the 16 businesses and communities in Tasmania that will receive funding under the Australian Government’s $220 million Securing Our Fishing Future package.

The Minister also announced that a third round of Onshore Business Assistance would be delivered. Further details on this third round will be made available shortly.

The Tasmanian grants are distributed right around the state, from Dover in the far south to Georges Bay in the far north-east, to Devonport in the north-west.

“The onshore programmes follow on from the licence buyback that saw more than 550 fishing concessions bought back for $149 million to better position our Commonwealth fisheries for a more sustainable and profitable future,” the Minister said.

“This second round was highly competitive with more than 200 applications received across both programmes. It is pleasing that a significant number of applicants in Tasmania, from oyster farmers to boat builders, are receiving part of the $40 million onshore assistance package.”

The Minister was joined at the announcement today by two successful Tasmanian businesses, Huon Aquaculture, who received $1.2 million, and Oyster Bay Oysters, who received $388,000.

David Whyte, Huon Aquaculture Company's Production Planning Manager, said that their grant would enable Huon Aquaculture to develop technology and systems to enable salmon farming in more exposed offshore locations.

"This project will directly improve Amoebic Gill Disease management - one of the limiting constraints in developing offshore farms. The welcome support from the federal government will help us extend and improve our operational capabilities, generating new jobs and enhancing existing roles,” Mr Whyte said.

Hayden Dyke, General Manager of Oyster Bay Oysters, said that his company would use the funds to ensure the expansion of their business, with employment having already increased as a result of the funding.

“This funding will allow us to sustain and grow employment in our company. It also allows us to establish a ‘career pathways’ program into aquaculture with the local school and the local community,” Mr Dyke said.

This brings the total nationally to 94 businesses and communities allocated with $29 million in assistance from this second round of the Onshore Business Assistance and Fishing Community Assistance Programmes.

The community grants are aimed at generating new economic and employment opportunities in towns affected by reduced fishing activity as a result of the Securing our Fishing Future package. Onshore Business Assistance grants will assist businesses dependent on the Commonwealth fisheries sector to adjust their operations.

This marks the end of Fishing Community Assistance with the Government injecting $20 million into worthwhile projects in impacted communities.

A full list of the successful projects nation-wide under the second round of the Fishing Community Assistance and Onshore Business Development Assistance can be found on www.daff.gov.au/fishingfuture.

A list of the successful Tasmanian businesses announced today follows.

For more information on the Securing our Fishing Future package visit www.daff.gov.au/fishingfuture or call the helpdesk on 1800 617 866 (toll free).

Fishing Community Assistance - Tasmania

Oyster Bay Oysters Pty Ltd: $388,000 for the construction and fit out of a dedicated oyster handling and packing shed that will enable large volumes of heavy product to be handled quickly and safely. The facility will also include a classroom/meeting room and laboratory.

Elphinstone Engineering Aust Pty Ltd: $300,000 for the purchase of machinery to make parts in a more timely and efficient manner along with the construction of a building to house the machinery.

Georges Bay Marine ATF Lynd Family Trust TA Lyndcraft Boat: $250,000 for the organisation to acquire sufficient equipment enabling more efficient production of existing designs into a production line environment, providing a lower cost output and a more sustainable business.

TB and WJ Rattray T/A Anchor Organics Family Trust: $325,819 for the purchase of specialised infrastructure for the establishment of a premium organic potato and swede operation, including a gourmet conventional potato, washing, storage and packing facility.

Aquamec Marine: $65,100 to set up a marine farming system which will produce premium quality sea urchin roe.

Salty Seas: $34,800 for upgrading and improving current infrastructure, including the rebuilding of live fish tanks for increased efficiency and construction of public facilities.

Huon Aquaculture Company Pty Ltd: $1.2 million for a project that involves the design, construction and deployment of a service/bathing vessel and mooring/fish cage system capable of supporting more than 10,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon in the exposed offshore areas of south eastern Tasmania.

Clean Marine Aquaculture Pty Ltd: $375,000 for a project conducting land-based recirculation, to farm table size baby Pink Snapper for Australian consumption and potential export.

SVP Industries Pty Ltd: $500,000 to fund the expansion of the company into providing new business products such as fire-proof and termite-proof building materials and long-life daily water immersion capability products for Australian and export markets.

P & B Bulte Pty Ltd: $409,700 for Mersey River Cruises to complete the construction of a custom designed aluminium catamaran.

Bruny Island Cheese Company: $114,752 to develop a tasting and sales centre as part of the existing cheese factory to capitalise on increasing tourism to the area and extend the existing facilities to install a small commercial kitchen for the purpose of developing and producing new products.

Onshore Business Assistance - Tasmania

Neptune Trawls Pty Ltd: $190,668 for the development of a new model of service delivery that enables the company to expand its market in sustainable fisheries.

Wilson Seafoods Pty Ltd: $107,615 to diversify business to package waste product for cray bait and to value add through cryovac packaging and smoking of produce.

Kyeema Seafoods: $62,954 for the upgrade and extension of the kitchen at Kings Meadows, including the expansion and further development of the value-added product range.

Poulos Bros Pty Ltd: $250,000 to produce and promote high quality chilled fish in whole, fillet and portion controlled sizes for the domestic and export market.

Blue Eye Fishing Pty Ltd: $250,000 for the expansion and diversification of the customer base and the establishment of a suitable depot facility.

Further inquiries:

Senator Abetz’s office: Brad Stansfield 0419 884 666