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Action Alert - Stop the Moratorium on NSW Marine Parks      

Stop the moratorium on NSW marine parks

Next week the NSW Parliament will reconvene, and on its list for consideration is a Shooters and Fishers Party Bill (the Marine Parks Amendment (Moratorium) Bill), which calls for a five-year moratorium on the creation of new marine parks and sanctuary zones within existing marine parks. These marine parks are vital to safeguard our oceans for the future, and provide a sanctuary for our marine species, particularly important for threatened species such as the grey nurse shark.

Sadly, the NSW Government has given its ' ˜in-principle' support for this Bill, despite overwhelming scientific evidence which shows that marine parks and their sanctuary zones provide vital protection for aquatic habitats and marine life, including rare and threatened species. Marine parks also have considerable community support.

The NSW Government in-principle support for this Bill is at odds with national and international recognition of the value of marine parks. Scientific evidence demonstrates that marine parks can provide financial and tourism benefits for local communities, and help build resilience into ecosystems to cope with human impacts such as climate change. Protected areas allow our fish stocks to rebuild and flourish and provide havens for whales, dolphins, turtles and sharks.

Please take action today to ensure that this Bill is defeated when it comes before the NSW Parliament.


Write to the NSW Premier, The Hon. Kristina Keneally, MP by email to thepremier@www.nsw.gov.au
or fax 02 9228 3934,
or by post to Level 40 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000.

Ask the Premier to reverse NSW Labor's in-principle support for the Marine Parks Amendment (Moratorium) Bill, to ensure the Bill is defeated when it comes before parliament.

Tell the Premier that you strongly disagree with the proposed moratorium on new marine parks and sanctuaries in NSW. Labor's position is therefore out of step with both scientific and public opinion both nationally and internationally.

Please also copy your correspondence to the following people so they too can be aware of your opposition to the Bill:

- The Opposition Leader, The Hon Barry O'Farrell MP barry.ofarrell@parliament.nsw.gov.au
- The Environment Minister, The Hon Frank Sartor MP office@sartor.minister.nsw.gov.au
- The Fisheries Minister, The Hon Steve Whan MP office@whan.minister.nsw.gov.au
- The Opposition Environment Spokesperson, The Hon Catherine Cusack MLC catherine.cusack@parliament.nsw.gov.au


Please write as soon as possible.
 Please send us copies of any responses you receive.
 Further information on HSI's campaigns at http://www.hsi.org.au/


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