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Govt About to Close Aquaculture Centre

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AUSTRALIA - The State's only freshwater aquaculture research facility, based near Grafton, is to be closed.

It is understood staff at the Trenayr facility were visited by a departmental officer about two weeks ago and told the centre would close within 10-12 months, reports TheDailyEaxaminer.

According to a news item, member for Clarence, Steve Cansdell, said he had not been aware of the impending closure until contacted by the Examiner. His colleague, the opposition spokesman for Primary Industries, Duncan Gay, also had not been advised.

Mr Cansdell said Mr Gay would ask Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald in Parliament today to outline the future of the aquaculture centre.

Mr Cansdell said people from the Clarence had fought for the retention of facilities at the Grafton Agricultural Research and Advisory Station (where the aquaculture facility is located) about four years ago and were assured its future was safe.