Liberals introduce bill to change marine park boundaries

22 May 2014

Shadow Environment Minister Michelle Lensink yesterday introduced a Private Member’s Bill in the Legislative Council to change the current boundaries of the Weatherill Labor Government’s marine park sanctuary zones.

The Bill proposes to exclude some of the government’s marine park sanctuary zones from taking effect on 1 October this year in their current form.

“The Weatherill Labor Government’s marine park boundaries have been widely condemned by the fishing industry, recreational fishers and regional communities,” said Ms Lensink.

“The State Liberals support marine parks, but not the current boundaries proposed by the Weatherill Labor Government.”

Minister for Regional Development, Geoff Brock, told media this week that he would raise the issue of marine park boundaries with Environment Minister, Ian Hunter.

“Minister Brock must tell South Australians whether or not he supports this Bill and whether or not he supports the current marine park boundaries,” said Ms Lensink.

“This is an important issue for regional South Australians, who have been neglected by the Weatherill Labor Government for 12 years.

“The State Liberals understand the adverse effects that will be felt by regional communities if these marine parks are implemented in their current form.

“Unlike the Weatherill Labor Government, the State Liberals will continue listening to the concerns of South Australians and will continue to stand up for our regions.”