PROTECTING Port Lincoln’s clean green environment was the focus of a visit to the city by the Environmental Protection Authority last week.
The authority’s board visits regional areas at least once a year and presiding member Linda Bowes said these regional visits provided an important opportunity to see the issues first hand and talk to the people “at the coalface” who are dealing with them.
“The EPA strives to make good regulation to not just protect the environment but also to help drive innovation and get good business outcomes from that.”
She said that was well recognised in Port Lincoln where the clean and green environment was so important to industry.
She said the government, through the EPA and Primary Industries and Regions South Australian (PIRSA) also had to look at the way it was doing things to improve performance and it was good to hear from industry representatives about the success of a recent initiative to streamline the licencing system to tie in better with the industries’ farming cycles, which has saved the industry time and money.
Ms Bowes said the board was also interested to hear from the seafood processing sector about the challenges dealing with saline trade waste.
The board visited two processing facilities and the SA Water wastewater treatment plant to get a better understanding of the process, current limitations and the options to address the issue.
“I think a good outcome from our visit was to push that agenda along,” Ms Bowes said.
“Further feedback and options for industry will be put forward in the next month or so (and) we’ll be working to push that along.”
During the visit, board members took a boat trip around Boston Bay to view the tuna and kingfish pens and a mussel farm also met with local government representatives and other stakeholders.
“It was a great visit,” Ms Bowes said.
“We all really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it.”