APPLY NOW TO BE PART OF THE FUTURE OF
SOLITARY ISLANDS MARINE PARK
Local residents are being encouraged to apply to be part of the Solitary Islands Marine Park Advisory Committee to help manage the NSW marine estate, Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser announced today.
“The Solitary Islands Marine Park was one of the first marine parks established in NSW, and stretches over 72,000 hectares from Muttonbird Island in the south to the Sandon River and Plover Island in the north,” Mr Fraser said.
“The marine park caters for various recreational and commercial activities, including beach activities, swimming, surfing, commercial and recreational fishing, scuba diving, whale and dolphin watching, research, boating, and other water sports.
“The local fishing and tourism industries benefit the region economically and are also important to the community.
“The key to achieving the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s vision for a diverse and productive marine estate is a stronger focus on economic, social, and ecological considerations,” Mr Fraser said.
Mr Fraser said the Solitary Islands Marine Park is one of six existing marine parks, and the new advisory committee will help improve park management.
“The Solitary Islands Marine Park Advisory Committee will provide valuable feedback to Government,” Mr Fraser said.
Applications are particularly sought from people who could represent the following interest groups; marine conservation; marine science; Aboriginal people, the tourism industry; commercial fishers; recreational fishers; and scuba divers.
Successful applicants will be appointed by the Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson and Minister for Environment Robyn Parker for a term of up to four years
For more information or to request a nomination form please visit www.marine.nsw.gov.auor drop into the Solitary Islands Marine Park office, 32 Marina Drive, Coffs Harbour. Nominations for membership to the Solitary Islands Marine Park Advisory Committee close on 7 November 2013.
11 October 2013
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