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Lee returns from Parliament House

Parliament House, Canberra

Written by Lee Johnson

15 October 2011

After a grueling week at Parliament house in Canberra, Lee has returned with a very positive outlook on the newly proposed Marine Parks and Sanctuaries for the WA South West. There were meetings at the top level – (Well almost – Julia was busy pushing through her new Carbon Tax). “We were lucky enough to secure meetings with some key decision makers and some of the people who put together the original draft plan” Lee said. “We managed to put our point across that the general public in WA are not at all opposed to Marine Sanctuaries, in fact – most people supported the issue.” This is a stark contrast to the east coast where the marine sanctuaries are being heavily fought against by the local communities. “I put it down to a couple of things – a lack of understanding of the proposals, and a really bad explanation as to what the sanctuaries are all about.”

The South West proposal is the first in a series of run out models across the country and was one of the current Governments election promises. Whilst as a whole

The meetings covered all areas from Tourism to Commercial Fishing License buy backs. There is one thing for sure – The sanctuaries are going to happen and with luck and hopefully the work we put in – they will include some great areas for conservation and allow fish to restock in areas closer to the shore than we have ever had before near Perth.

The final proposal, which was out for public comment for 3 months recently brought 42000 submissions in favour and only 200 against the proposal.

“With areas put aside like this and listed as A Class Marine Reserves we can be assured that the future of the marine species that live within these areas or used to live in these areas will be guaranteed and they can return, rebuild and restock without the interference of both recreational and commercial fishing. 5 and 10 years from now – we will have some of the best shore diving in the country.”

The final decision will be going to parliament sometime before the end of the year. We will keep you posted. If you are interested in the overall meetings and what is proposed, please Contact Us or call into the store.

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