Conservation Council SA, the state’s peak environment organisation, is extremely disappointed the Upper House has passed a Bill to scrap sanctuary zone protection in many of the state's most important marine parks.
“This is a backward step that will cost taxpayers millions, and put at risk many of our most important marine areas”, said Conservation Council SA Chief Executive Craig Wilkins.
“The commercial fishing sector has been completely compensated for any fishing access loss. If the sanctuary zones are over-turned, will they pay back the millions of dollars that has been already given to them?
“Unlike the current sanctuary zones that were the subject of 10 years of detailed consultation with thousands of people right across the state, this Bill has had extremely limited input from the South Australian community.
“After a decade of fighting, a decent compromise has been reached between those who want more protection of our valuable marine areas, and those who want less. This Bill threatens to blow it all up again.
“We strongly urge all members of the Lower House to reject this Bill”, Mr Wilkins said.
The Marine Parks (Sanctuary Zones) Amendment Bill 2014 narrowly passed the Upper House tonight.