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Dead fish in Yarra should mean a stop to toxic dredging

Greens Media Release, 7 July 08

“The dredging of toxic sediments from the Yarra River should stop until an investigation is carried out into the discovery of dead fish floating in the water at Newport on Saturday”, Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik said.

“It’s more than a strange coincidence that fish are dying not far from where the grab dredge Goomai is digging up silt from the Yarra River bed and putting it in a barge to be dumped in the middle of Port Phillip Bay”, she said.

“So many people have warned the government and the Port of Melbourne that stirring up the contaminated sediments in the Yarra would poison fish and other aquatic life and potentially affect human health," Ms Pennicuik said.

“I am very disturbed that it appears to be happening already”, she said.

“The state government and Port of Melbourne have told Victorians that dredging would stop if there were problems, but dead fish in the Yarra is apparently not enough to stop the dredgers. How much worse does it have to get before dredging is stopped?”

For more information call Sue Pennicuik 0409 055 875

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