Two news sites in Queensland’s Hinchinbrook Shire have been recognised as principal areas for the development of land-based marine aquaculture.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities, Mark Furner said identifying the new Aquaculture Development Areas (ADAs) cleared the way for the industry to grow.
“My vision is to make Queensland the aquaculture capital of the world,” Mr Furner said.
“The latest figures show aquaculture in Queensland is booming with the value of production at a new record high and an increase in full-time equivalent jobs.
“The identification of ADAs aims to promote and advance the expansion of aquaculture in Queensland which will create more employment opportunities especially in regional areas.”
Mr Furner said 1,974 hectares have been earmarked for aquaculture development in the Hinchinbrook Shire.
“The two new ADAs increase the number identified across Queensland to eight, covering more than 9,000 hectares,” he said.
The Minister said Hinchinbrook Shire Council had proposed the sites in consultation with stakeholders including landowners.
“A 498 hectare site at Macknade was selected as an expansion opportunity for an existing aquaculture farm but does not preclude new development,” he said.
“The Halifax/Braemeadows ADA site comprises 1,476 hectares and is suitable for new aquaculture development due to its proximity to seawater sources and location on the fringe of existing agricultural land.”
Recognition of Aquaculture Development Areas under the State Planning Policy provides local government with a formal mechanism to implement ADAs through their planning schemes.
The identification of ADAs does not prohibit investors exploring other areas for aquaculture development in Queensland.
For information about Queensland’s eight Aquaculture Development Areas, visit www.business.qld.gov.au.