Adele Pedder, Australian Society for Marine Conservation
The world’s oceans are facing increasing challenges with climate change, pollution and overfishing. In light of these challenges it is becoming increasingly important to set aside large areas of our ocean to restore some balance beneath the waves and allow marine ecosystems to function in their natural state. Globally more and more nations are relying on marine parks to give their parts of our blue planet a fighting chance.
John Turnbull, Member, National Parks Association of NSW
Deforestation. A drive through the forests around Port Macquarie or Eden is all it takes to see the impact of the clearing of our native terrestrial forests. We can see the bulldozers and logging trucks. On a grander scale, with the help of satellite imagery, we can see the loss of native forests over time. In the years since European colonisation, for example, Australia has lost almost 40% of its native terrestrial forests[i].
Pam Robinson, National Parks Association of NSW Illawarra Branch
Within a ten minute walk, I am at the edge of the continent surrounded by lots of public open space with mown grass.
Australia will trump even Donald Trump and become the first nation to cut protections of its ocean estate if it implements plans, released today, to expose vulnerable areas of the marine environment to industrial fishing exploitation, a national alliance of environment groups said.
The proposed regulation includes an amendment to delete a clause that provides a strict protection for the marine environment by ensuring that the objects of the zone are the primary consideration in any decision to grant a permit for activities within a marine park, relying instead on the relevant Ministers ‘having regard to’ certain assessment criteria.
Kevin Evans, CEO, NPA
This article first appeared on the Independent Australia website on 6 April 2017.
Sydney’s blue backyard is central to our way of life, reputation and economy, yet less than 1% of the harbour city’s coastal waters are protected. The NSW government has dragged the anchor on meaningful marine protection in NSW for 6 years, ignoring evidence and stalling their own reform process initiated three Premiers ago in 2010. Key stakeholders fatigued by years of consultation, with no substantive progress to show for it, fear there is little true commitment from this government to strengthen marine protection.