No chance to re-float fish farm
THE Susan River fish farm has finally sunk.
Sunshine Coast-based fish farmer Peter Penrose said he had decided not to go ahead with the material change of use application that the council says he must submit before he can breed his fish on 5.3ha on his property.
Mr Penrose already has a DPI permit to farm the 5.3ha but the council has been insisting since June last year that he must also have the council permit.
The Chronicle asked Mayor Mick Kruger to see if he could save the farm and he talked, he said, with his officers about the stalemate.
“I’ve given this a huge amount of research and thought since the mayor said he’d talked with his officers and he believed from that that I would get my MCU through in four months, Mr Penrose said.
“But the officer originally told me many times it would be ‘four to nine months’ and frankly, I’m not even sure it will happen by then.
“Considering the recently revealed history of this council when it comes to dealing with developments and businesses, I just can’t trust the council to do what the officer has told me they will do.
“I fear that if he leaves or gets moved aside and someone else pokes their beak in, I will end up like the other poor fish farmers who have gone out of business because of being stuffed around by the council.”
Mr Penrose had planned to employ up to 65 people, produce 290 tonnes of fish and two million hydroponic leafy greens a year.