NFF applauds QX initiative
The NSW Farmers' Association believes the Carr Government's response to assist QX affected oyster growers in the Hawkesbury River is recognition that oyster farmers must be protected as the guardians of NSW estuaries.
Chair of the association's oyster committee, Mark Bulley, welcomed the Government's acknowledgement of the QX outbreak and its first moves to assist the survival of Hawkesbury River growers.
Mr Bulley said, however, that the government needed to go one step further by stepping in when disasters happened outside the industry's control and take ac- tion to maintain clean and healthy rivers.
"The association is calling on the State Government to continue funding of $900,000 to the oyster industry's water monitoring program," Mr Bulley said.
"It has been estimated that almost one third of the industry will pull up stumps if growers are left to foot the entire bill and after the devastating situation at the Hawkesbury, the industry can't afford another blow like this."
The oyster industry's water monitoring program benefits the oyster industry and has large public health benefits, Mr Bul- ley said.