Why did Hallidays Point Fish Farm Fail??
Hallidays Point Fish Farm & Hatchery operated
from March 1987 until 4th July 1999.
In retrospect This farm was quite special.
It was the first farm in NSW to operate as private
catchment and private disposal.
It was vertically integrated with hatchery, nursery
and growout capabilities. Indeed, these were the reason it survived and
It took 12 months of pleading with banks to get
the $60,000 funding to begin construction.
Initially, we purchased a large drott. A D600 C
Hannamag, which is a German built metal track machine with rippers and
a 3.5 cubic meter 4 in 1 front bucket instead of blade. A 22 tonne tractor
with 140 horsepower. The bucket allowed for the placement of good quality
clay around the walls and the weight allowed for adequate compaction.
To this day the 25 ponds do not leak.
The land was cleared and ponds constructed over
several months but the farm began producing fingerlings after only a few
weeks. We constructed the hatchery and the nursery ponds first and within
3 months we had turned over $20,000 in fingerling sales.
Altogether the farm took 450 hours of machine time
to construct. The Hannamag cost $22,000 and did $30,000 worth of earth
works. We spent $5000 on fuel and sold the machine for $17,000.
The fish farm sold fingerlings of silver perch,
yellow belly, Bass, Koi, Catfish and goldfish. It also had a small growout
operation of 3-5 tonnes of silver perch per two year cycle. In those days
silver perch were $24.50 per kilogram live.
The fish farm also exported fingerlings and broodstock
into China and Taiwan and we acted as consultants to the Chinese Government
on a few occasions.
We designed RAS systems (The Pod) and built the
largest recirculating aquaculture facility in the country, at Taree NSW.
It is still in operation although it lacks technical input as do many
RAS systems in this country.
We also developed breeding and spawning technology
for freshwater native species which was cutting edge at the time.
Hallidays Point Fish Farm ceased on the 4th of
July 1999 because of an Apprehended Violence Order. I slapped my ranting
drunken bi-sexual female partner across the face for punching me and spitting
in my face at 4 am in the morning. And I would do it again. At 8.30 am
I was simply escorted off the property and, legally, not permitted to
come within 100 meters. Her self-centered actions destroyed not only the
business but the lives of all involved. Such destruction is common in
today's Australia and considered fare and just. Well its far from fare
and just and yet accepted law. The man is always wrong and will remain
wrong. And a lie is worth a million dollars in real estate.
At that time, the farm had approximately $200,000
worth of stock in Australian Native Species plus many thousands of dollars
in broodstock of goldfish and other alternate species.
All of those fish were simply left to bird predation
and starvation. The fish stocks included, irreplaceable, imported broodstock
of goldfish and Koi as well as Bass, Yellow Belly and unrelated strains
of Silver Perch.
Under Australian Law it was illegal
to enter my place of business and that was, simply, the end.
Through the courts, I initially gained permission
to access the farm for two hours per day to feed the fish. However, I
ended up in goal for breaching the restrictions of an AVO. Yes, I was
goaled for walking down the driveway to leave the farm even though my
ex-partner was not even home. Nine months and $30,000 later, the charges
were dismissed in court. My life and work of twenty years, destroyed.
At age 44 I owned an old kombi, a surfboard and a real hate for how police
operate. Especially same-sex women officers. Read into that whatever you
I stood up in court to defend myself because
surely they would see I was innocent. I was laughed at and told I had
no rights and was guilty.
Greed played its usual role as well
. And I have not had a birthday or Christmas
with my two sons in 18 years.
Such is the Australian Legal System.
Australian Fisheries Research is no better.