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Media release -Killora Community Association, 16 May 2021 Killora community fears attempts are being made to intimidate them Residents of Killora on North Bruny Island are calling on Tassal to confirm that one of their vessels deliberately shone a spotlight into residents’ houses on the evening of May 9. “Locals feared that it was a […]

Media release -Killora Community Association, 16 May 2021

Killora community fears attempts are being made to intimidate them

Residents of Killora on North Bruny Island are calling on Tassal to confirm that one of their vessels deliberately shone a spotlight into residents’ houses on the evening of May 9.

“Locals feared that it was a deliberate act designed to bully and intimidate them in the wake of persistent community complaints about light and noise from Tassal vessels and operations,” said community spokesperson Gerard Castles.

Mr. Castles said, “Residents notified Tassal of the incident a week ago and Tassal has refused to confirm the vessel was one of their own or a contractor vessel engaged by Tassal.”

He went on to say, “On top of the industrial accident involving a capsized barge where Tassal still refuses to disclose how many of litres of diesel were spilt in the Channel, under-reporting of complaints in Tassal Sustainability Report from 2020 this latest incident points to a culture of denial and cover up.” “Where else is the industry trying to silence or ignore those who speak up?” he went on to ask.

“We believe these episodes point to a rotten corporate culture in the salmon industry,” said Mr. Castles. “And, if there is one thing we learned from the Banking Royal Commission and the Rio episodes, it’s that ultimately CEOs, and Boards have to take accountability for what happens in their organisations and if they don’t, eventually it catches up with them,” he said.

One of the residents took photos of spotlight and then identified the likely vessel using Automatic Identification System (AIS) data. “We believe it was a tug Tubridgi (See Marine App image attached) which had been engaged on Tassal work,” said Mr. Castles, “but Tassal refuse to confirm this or inform us of any action taken to ensure it never happens again.”

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Mr. Castles reiterated the KCA’s call that Tassal exit all its Channel leases.

 

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/05/killora-locals-fear-intimidation/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=killora-locals-fear-intimidation

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