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Call for Sydney Harbour to be declared a Marine Park

Alex Greenwich, the Independent Member for Sydney, has called on the government to declare Sydney Harbour a Marine Park that includes sanctuary zones to protect its marine environment for future generations.

Greenwich calls for Sydney Harbour to be declared a Marine Park

Alex Greenwich, the Independent Member for Sydney, has called on the government to declare Sydney Harbour a Marine Park that includes sanctuary zones to protect its marine environment for future generations.

Mr Greenwich said:

“The government has a historic opportunity to protect one of Australia’s most internationally recognised icons. Sydney Harbour has more fish species than the Mediterranean Sea, New Zealand and the United Kingdom”.

“The Harbour faces a growing number of threats including marine debris and variable water quality. Declaring it a marine park would allow all activities, except mining, to continue while creating sanctuary zones for marine life to thrive”.

In response to Mr Greenwich’s question today the Minister for Primary Industries announced the government now would consult with experts and stakeholders on ways protect Sydney Harbour (full response available soon). 

Mr Greenwich will work with the government, harbourside Councils and MPs, and the National Parks Association to progress this initiative.


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  • commented 2014-03-18 01:17:22 +1100 · Flag
    Are you familiar with the buck-passing and absence of strategy regarding public safety at beaches in the St George area of Botany Bay? There is work aplenty by honest politicians waiting to be done. Familiarise yourself with the pathetic and scandalous rigmarole currently playing out between NSW minister Duncan Gay and Rockdale mayor Shane O’Brien.
  • commented 2014-03-17 17:32:03 +1100 · Flag
    If the research into whether Sydney Harbour needs protection from human activity has yet to be concluded, how can you categorically state that a marine park (including sanctuary zones) is required? My own observations together with all anecdotal evidence I have heard, suggests that nothing of the sort is needed. Quite simply, you have no evidence at all to support your position and you have simply adopted a policy position on the basis that it might appeal to your target audience. I thought marine conservation was supposed to be science driven?
  • commented 2014-03-17 16:49:26 +1100 · Flag
    How would the declaration of a marine park protect sydney harbour from " a growing number of threats including marine debris and variable water quality". ?? Do you plan to physically isolate the waterway from external influences.?
    Is it not possible to address water polution issues and causes without declaring a marine park ? and in fact are they not already being addressed by the ’clean waterways program ’ introduced in 1998 .?