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Sign the Business Statement for Sanctuaries

Last year the State Government decided to allow fishing from the shore in the protected sanctuary zones of NSW marine parks.

After little or no consultation with the business community, Premier Mike Baird who is also the local Member for Parliament, is now on the verge of changing legislation to make this permanent. According to scientists this would significantly undermine the health of NSW marine life, thereby risking the vibrant and distinctive branding that coastal destinations such as Manly-Warringah and their businesses rely on.

If we can secure the endorsement of 100 businesses in the Manly-Warringah area, we believe that local Members of Parliament, Premier Mike Baird and Brad Hazzard will listen to common sense and insist that the existing sanctuaries are retained.

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

As soon as our target is reached, it will be presented to Premier Mike Baird and local MP Brad Hazzard for their urgent consideration. Thank you for your support. With your help, we can turn this situation around.

Manly-Warringah Business Statement for Sanctuaries

Central to Manly-Warringah’s branding as an iconic tourist destination and business location is its coastal lifestyle and marine life.

Whether it’s Queenscliff, Dee Why or Manly Beach, The Corso, or even the Manly Ferry, our region of Sydney is one of the most iconic coastal lifestyle destinations in Australia. Indeed, over the years, Manly-Warringah has evolved to become a gateway to the State’s coastal, marine and dive tourism industries, benefiting substantially not just from local marine protection, but also from the State’s marine parks and their no-take sanctuary zones.

Marine sanctuary zones are, according to scientists, vital to maintaining the health of marine life. These ‘national parks of the sea’ also cater for a popular and increasing domestic and international tourism market, attracting divers, snorkelers and other nature-based experience-seekers who typically spend twice that of other tourists. Marine Parks and sanctuaries are increasingly regarded as important economic ‘infrastructure’ which contribute significantly to both regional and metropolitan economies.

Astonishingly, the NSW Government has indicated that it will develop a new experimental approach to managing our coastal waters previously not seen in Australia. As part of this new approach, it has undertaken to review the current levels of protection found in our marine parks, and consider changing legislation to permanently allow fishing in protected marine sanctuary zones.

The Manly-Warringah business community has not been consulted on the development of this questionable and unscientific new approach and holds significant concerns regarding its impact on our economy.

We believe this approach risks the natural assets that contribute to our prosperity and undermines the sustainability of businesses which contribute to local employment.

We, the undersigned businesses, support our State’s marine parks and sanctuary zones and investment by government which will ensure their proper management. Consequently we call on our local Members of Parliament Premier Mike Baird and The Hon Brad Hazzard MP to act decisively to protect our marine parks and sanctuaries, thereby helping to secure our reputation as a great coastal destination, a healthy local economy, and a great place to live and work.

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How will this statement and your information be used?
This statement and its list of business signatories will be presented to Premier Mike Baird (Member for Manly) and Member for Wakehurst Brad Hazzard. It may also be reproduced on this web site. The names and details of contact people 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

Marine sanctuaries at risk