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Sign the Business Statement for Sanctuaries

Perth and Western Australia’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 parks. According to scientists, this would significantly undermine the health of our marine life, thereby risking Australia’s reputation for its iconic coastal holiday destinations.

If we can secure the endorsement of 50 businesses in Perth’s Western Suburbs, we believe our local Minister, Julie Bishop, will listen to common sense and show leadership to protect our marine sanctuaries.

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, we’ll present it to Julie Bishop for her urgent consideration. Thank you for your support. With your help, we can turn this situation around.

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Perth Western Suburbs Business Statement for Sanctuaries

Perth and Western Australia are world renowned for our pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and extraordinary marine life. With more than 22 million visitors annually, our brand as an iconic tourist destination relies on adequate protection of our unique marine environment.

In 2012 the Federal Government announced a National Network of Marine Sanctuaries which provided protection for our marine life and put Australia in the international spotlight as a world leader of marine conservation.

Now these sanctuaries 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.

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

As West Australian 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 parks and sanctuary zones. Consequently we call on our local Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop, to show leadership to protect Australia’s national network of marine parks and sanctuaries, thereby ensuring our region retains its reputation as an extraordinary destination.

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How will this statement and your information be used?
This statement, its list of business signatories and your comments will be presented to Julie Bishop in May. The contact details of each contact person 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