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Sign the Business Statement for Sanctuaries

The South West‘s pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and extraordinary marine life are core to our region’s identity and economic infrastructure. They act as a tourism magnet, promoting the region’s coastal assets and promising unique nature-based experiences to both domestic and international visitors.

Incredibly, despite undergoing Australia’s most thorough scientific review and community consultation, the Federal Government is now considering an unprecedented rollback of our national network of marine sanctuaries. According to scientists, this would significantly undermine the health of our marine life, putting at risk local economies, and the opportunity to secure the South West as an iconic destination like Rottnest Island and Ningaloo.

If we can secure the endorsement of businesses in the South West region, we believe the local Federal MP – Nola Marino – will listen to common sense and show leadership to protect our marine sanctuaries.

Please lend your support by adding your business’ name to this statement and encouraging other local businesses to do the same.

As soon as our target is reached, we’ll present the statement to Nola Marino for her urgent consideration. Thank you for your support. With your help, we can turn this situation around.

South West Business Statement for Sanctuaries

Western Australia’s South West region is world renowned for its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and extraordinary marine life. With more than 5 million visitors annually, our brand as an iconic tourist destination relies on adequate protection of our unique marine environment.

In 2012 the Federal Government created a national network of marine sanctuaries which provided protection for our marine life and put Australia in the international spotlight as a world leader in marine conservation.

Under the plan, trawlers and gillnets were removed from Geographe Bay, protecting the area’s important sea grass meadows and corals, and significantly boosting its future as a recreational fishing destination. The risk of a devastating oil spill on the Margaret River coastline was removed with the placement of a special ‘oil-free’ zone.

Now these marine parks are under threat, which risks not only our envied coastal lifestyle but also our international reputation, along with the jobs and sustainable business opportunities a thriving tourism industry provides.

Marine sanctuary zones are, according to scientists, vital to maintaining the health of marine life. These ‘national parks of the sea’ boost both the domestic and international tourism markets, attracting divers, snorkelers and other nature-based experience-seekers who typically spend twice that of other tourists. With these tourists also utilising local restaurants, accommodation, shopping and other activities, marine parks and sanctuaries are therefore increasingly regarded as important economic infrastructure which contributes significantly to both regional and metropolitan economies.

To know sanctuaries are a great thing for the South West, look no further than the Busselton jetty. It’s a great fishing spot, and the end of it is a sanctuary zone too, providing a place where tourists, locals and our kids can experience our extraordinary marine life.

Astoundingly, the Federal Government has decided to ignore years of scientific and public consultation; instead putting WA’s marine sanctuaries ‘on hold’ whilst undertaking a long, costly and unnecessary review.

As South West business operators, we recognise the importance of protection of our marine life and fish stocks to enhance our natural economic advantage, entice visitors to our region, add value to local industries and benefit our local communities.

We the undersigned regional businesses support our network of marine sanctuaries. Consequently we call on our local Federal MP, Nola Marino, to show leadership to protect Australia’s national network of marine sanctuaries, thereby ensuring our region retains its reputation as an extraordinary destination.

How will this statement and your information be used?
This statement, its list of business signatories and your comments will be presented to local Federal MP Nola Marino. The contact details of each signatory will be treated confidentially and only be used to email you regarding this issue. They will not be passed on to any other organisation.

Further information
For further information about this statement email Save Our Marine Life’s project coordinator at info@saveourmarinelife.org.au