Friday, 21 November 2008

Peter Garrett talks tough to Tasmania

Peter Garrett might be content to approve thousands of litres of poisonous effluent being pumped in to Bass Strait from a pulp mill but he has drawn the line at the galaxias auratus. Yesterday the Federal Environment Minister gave a resounding "No" to further entreaties from the Tasmanian Government to release up to five megalitres of water per day from Lake Crescent. “In making my decision I have taken into account the Interlaken Lakeside Reserve Ramsar site and the endangered golden galaxias - a fish which only occurs in Lake Crescent and the connected Lake Sorell,” Mr Garrett said.
Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries and Water David Llewellyn wanted the water to ease drought conditions in the Clyde Valley around Bothwell.
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