The Observer editor Meredith Papavasiliou.
The Observer editor Meredith Papavasiliou.

The Observer/ Zinc news headlines

THIS is what we all feared.

As we wake up this morning, the health of our beautiful harbour is on the brink of being closed indefinitely to fishing.

Late yesterday, The Observer learned the closure was imminent. What lies ahead is a tragic chapter in the natural and industrial history of our region.

All along we have been led to believe floods, a natural occurrence - even commercial fishermen - might have been to blame for something being not quite right in our harbour.

In fact, far from "not quite right", something is just plain wrong. This region - and so many livelihoods and lifestyles - are built on a healthy thriving coastal environment. The implications of something like this are simply massive - almost too great to comprehend.

So what now? It's only a matter of time before this closure officially takes effect. But what's going to be done? This is not about good PR, mitigating risk and sugar coating. This is a dire situation that needs urgent and thorough attention.

We demand an independent inquiry. We demand some answers.

This is a gross example of neglect - and someone needs to be held accountable.

The question now is who do we trust to objectively investigate this, fix the problem and bring those responsible to account?



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