Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    Strict approach for Gidgegannup aquaculture project

    11/10/2005 12:00 AM

    A proposed aquaculture project in Gidgegannup has been approved subject to strict environmental guidelines.

    Secret Springs Pty Ltd is proposing to build a marron and fish farm on land near Rocky Brook in Clenton Road, Gidgegannup.

    The project has been the subject of ongoing concerns from neighbouring landowners and community groups.

    The Department of Environment approved the project earlier this year but the approval was subject to an appeal to Environment Minister Judy Edwards.

    The appeal included concerns relating to the setback from Rocky Brook of ponds associated with the facility, the potential impacts of the project on water quality within the brook and the amount of surface water that the facility would use.

    Dr Edwards said while she supported the department’s approval of the facility, certain conditions should be placed on the licence for the project to ensure that it did not adversely impact on the water quality in Rocky Brook.

    The conditions included requirements to manage the build-up of nutrients in the farm ponds and to monitor and report on water quality within the brook.

    “I also have asked that the department periodically oversees the water quality sampling undertaken for the project to provide additional confidence in its operation,” the Minister said.

    Dr Edwards has asked the department to review its guidelines for aquaculture proposals in consultation with the Swan River Trust to provide for minimum setback distances from watercourses.

    Minister's office: 9220 5050