Bay Mussel Farm Appeal
Fitzroy Great Barrier Island
Dear Friends of Port FitzRoy
They are at it again. The Freda Pene Rewhiti Whanau Trust have appealed
to the Environment Court to overturn the ruling of the ARC on the
mussel farm in Stony (Storm) Bay. We received their evidence on
May 17th and have until the 31st May to lodge our evidence in rebuttal.
Kevin O'Sullivan and I
will be handling the boating, safety and tourism issues although
he is overseas at the moment and not returning till the 30th May.
However we have retained Hill Young Cooper, environmental consultants,
to handle the planning issues as we don't have any expertise in
that field. We have put up $5,000 towards this but it is really
not enough to put up a credible defence. Consequently I am appealing
to anyone who doesn't want to see any more mussel farms in Port
FitzRoy to come to the party and help with a donation.
The Whanau Trust have got
some high powered evidence prepared as they have had 2 years to
do it all. We need to raise another $5,000 to have a fighting chance
otherwise I fear we will lose what is a wonderful anchorage. Unfortunately
time is of the essence as the hearing is scheduled for early July.
Any support you can give
will be gratefully received. We have a Trust Fund
with Bell Gully Solicitors, FitzRoy Farms Trust Account, PO Box